The NBA playoff schedule 2010 was expected to be hard for Cleveland. After all, the 2010 NBA playoff schedule could take them through Boston, Orlando and Los Angeles in successive rounds. However, the Cavaliers were expected to get bigger challenges from the Magic and Lakers later on. As for the Celtics, they are not the team they used to be and came in as a big underdog. Yet the Celtics put up quite a fight in Cleveland and head into a three day break on the NBA playoff schedule all evened up – although they could have won two games.
Monday night’s Game 2 looked to have a lot of momentum for Cleveland. LeBron James was officially presented as MVP again, and the Cavaliers came in after a Game 1 comeback win. As such, when the Cavaliers trailed at halftime, few fans were probably that worried. But they were after the Celtics throttled them in the third quarter.
The NBA playoff schedule 2010 now looks daunting for Cleveland, far earlier than they hoped. The Celtics’ 104-86 win evened the series at 1 and gave Boston the home court advantage. For all but a quarter and a half, the Celtics outplayed the Cavaliers during the first two games, and that was before they got back to Boston.
Although the Celtics were supposed to be old and weaker, the NBA playoff schedule 2010 has proven different. They marched through the Heat in five and have taken the early advantage over the Cavaliers. Although the Big Three is more vulnerable, Rajon Rondo has taken command in their place, dishing out 19 assists last night.
For the Cavaliers, James couldn’t get going early on and only started to score when it was too late. His MVP night became anything but a celebration, as Cleveland is now facing early doubt. Given how important the NBA playoff schedule is to this team, this city and their superstar, any missteps will look even worse than they are.
If the Celtics continue to take advantage in Boston, then the Cavaliers will be in deeper trouble by the time they return to Cleveland. But due to a quirk in the NBA playoff schedule 2010, the series won’t resume until Friday night. This could give the Cavaliers time to regroup, and could cut into the current momentum for the Celtics.
Yet until then, the Cavaliers will have a lot of doubt surrounding them, while Celtics fans now sense that the tide is in their favor. This makes Game 3 all the more important on Friday night at 7 p.m.
Fox News- “Celtics now go where Rondo takes them”
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