The NBA playoff schedule for 2010 has been quite boring for a while. The 2010 NBA playoff schedule for the second round went by in the blink of an eye, and the conference finals looked to be the same. In fact, before Sunday, there was a real good chance that both conference finals would end in sweeps. The Celtics, at the least, looked ready to sweep the Magic out, while the Suns were barely holding on against the Lakers. Days later, however, this season’s NBA playoff schedule will have both finals reaching a Game 6, and perhaps even a Game 7 now.
The Suns and Magic have become the comeback teams that salvaged this round, although the Magic are trying to do even more. After literally looking dead in Game 3, the Magic survived Game 4, and then took all the suspense out of Game 5 last night. Physical play and a second half run gave Orlando a 113-92 win, to avoid elimination once again.
Now all of a sudden, the NBA playoff schedule looks a lot like the NHL playoff schedule for Boston fans. Like the Celtics, the Bruins had two close wins to start things against the Flyers, then blew them out in Game 3. Then they failed to close them out in overtime in Game 4, and got thumped in Game 5 – just like the Celtics are doing. By this pattern, they will lose Game 6 and give up a huge lead for Game 7.
The one difference in the NBA playoff schedule is that the Celtics have home court for Game 6. But if they don’t finally close it out in Boston, they have to go to Game 7 on the road – and then they will be the major underdogs.
But if Boston actually finishes this series, then the Magic will look worse. Orlando still hasn’t erased how they fell apart in the first three games, and it will look even more glaring if they lose Game 6 – making their comeback too little, too late.
However, this isn’t the only series that suddenly got interesting. The NBA playoff schedule 2010 also has the Lakers trying to avoid a collapse, albeit a smaller one. For the second time this postseason, they blew a 2-0 lead on the road. But they came back to destroy the Thunder in their Game 5, and if they do the same to the Suns tonight, order will be restored.
As long as the Lakers maintain home court, they can afford to lose on the road. But if the Magic complete their comeback, they would have home court for the finals and not the Lakers. So now the Lakers may want to face Boston on the NBA playoff schedule 2010 – but the Celtics have other things than the Lakers on their minds now.
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