The NBA playoff schedule 2010 hasn’t had suspense in ages. For the last weeks, the NBA playoff schedule has been filled with sweeps and lopsided outcomes. In the last two rounds, only the Celtics-Cavaliers series had any real drama, and the Celtics took total command there before long. Fans are starving for a series where they don’t know who will win, and legendary postseason moments can be forged. Perhaps the Lakers-Suns Western Conference finals won’t do that in the end, but at the least, its one series on the 2010 NBA playoff schedule that could go the distance now.
The Lakers went into Phoenix after two overwhelming wins at home. Two more performances like that would close the Suns out, and put them on track for another title. Yet although the Suns’ defense let them down in Los Angeles, their offense made up for it in Phoenix, and so did their bench.
With Phoenix’s 115-106 win, the NBA playoff schedule will have at least one Game 6 in the conference finals. The Suns tied things up not because of Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire, but because of their reserves. After seeing how his bench had their way with the Lakers, coach Alvin Gentry took a gamble and left his All-Star starters on the sidelines, as the reserves finished things off.
The Suns’ bench got 54 points, and powered a decisive run in the fourth quarter. Just like the Thunder did earlier in the NBA playoff schedule, the Suns evened it up with the Lakers on their home court. However, it’s hard to see whether the Lakers are in real trouble yet.
Every so often, Los Angeles eases up and takes their eyes off the ball, putting them in more trouble than expected. But the Lakers keep taking their foot off the gas because they always wake up in time, and finish things off when they’re challenged. However, one of these days, this tactic will not pay off.
Yet as long as the Lakers have home court in the NBA playoff schedule , they may not feel that worried. They haven’t lost at the Staples Center yet in the postseason, and until they do, they won’t be in real danger. The Suns played their game at home, but will they revert to being overwhelmed on the road? Or will this cause real lasting momentum for a game changing upset?
Days ago, everyone believed the NBA schedule in the 2010 playoffs would have a Celtics-Lakers final again. It is still likely to happen, but both teams have to work harder at it now. The Celtics will try to snuff out a Magic comeback tonight in Orlando, while the Lakers will try to restore order at home tomorrow night.
Yahoo Sports- “Frye, Suns’ reserves force stars to sit”
CBS Sports- “Suns coach Gentry shows faith in bench, discovers how to zone out Lakers”