The NBA playoff schedule 2010 had gone from lopsided to crazy lately. Chief among the NBA playoff schedule 2010 surprises was the sudden decline of the Celtics. Last Saturday, Boston looked like the most dominant team in basketball, as Orlando had lost their very will to play. But heading into Friday, the Celtics were suddenly on the ropes, while the Magic were being talked about as comeback kids. One more win in Game 6 would make Orlando the favorite, even after being down 3-0. So the Celtics needed to knock the Magic from the NBA playoff schedule 2010 once and for all – and finally did with an overdue 96-84 win.
By the end of the first quarter in Game 6, the Celtics were reestablishing control. Rajon Rondo was back on his game, but he had to sit for a while with an injury. Yet he could afford to sit, as Nate Robinson, best known as a slam dunk champion, came in and helped finish off the Magic early.
Orlando was finally knocked out from the NBA playoff schedule 2010, as they could not come back from a rough second quarter. Robinson got 13 points off the bench in the second quarter alone, as Boston eliminated all fears of another collapse. The Magic cut it to 13 at halftime, but some early threes from Ray Allen and Paul Pierce put them out of reach for good.
The NBA playoff schedule 2010 finally penciled in the Celtics for the NBA finals, starting on the road on Thursday. This guarantees that either the Lakers or Suns will have home court for the finals, although the Lakers’ home court is more intimidating. But the Celtics fans’ were free to chant “Beat LA” again, after two games of worry.
The Big Three returned to prominence, as Pierce got a game high 31 points, with 20 for Allen. Thanks to the NBA playoff schedule 2010, Rondo will have until Thursday to rest from his injury. The rest of the Celtics also need a break, after the physicality of the last three games.
As expected for a week, the Magic finally gave up their Eastern Conference throne. Whether they really salvaged something by lasting this long on the NBA playoff schedule 2010 is unclear. They didn’t get swept, but the fact that they did make it a series only makes it worse that they couldn’t wake up earlier. Now their failures in Game 1 and 2, and their utter humiliation in Game 3, are even more glaring.
The NBA playoff schedule 2010 finally has one team in the finals, although it was expected to have two days ago. But the Celtics ultimately delivered on their end, and now the Lakers can do the same in their own Game 6 tonight, on the road at Phoenix.
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