The NBA playoff schedule 2010 had been a breeze for top seeds thus far. Last night’s NBA playoff schedule 2010 gave the Cavaliers and Lakers a chance to go up 3-0, as expected. Yet in spite of their wins, the two No. 1 seeds didn’t exactly blow out the eighth seeds at home. Cleveland had comfortable wins over Chicago, although the Bulls were in reach much of the way. Meanwhile, Los Angeles survived a big scare from Oklahoma City in Game 2, thanks to Kobe Bryant. The two favorites bent but did not break, yet the NBA playoff schedule 2010 finally tripped them up last night.
The Cavaliers went to Chicago to put the Bulls in a big hole, but couldn’t do it. Despite 39 points from LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and the Bulls were the ones who got ahead big. They were actually up by more than 20 at one point, yet the Cavaliers nearly rallied back before finally going down, 108-106.
Like Cleveland did in Game 1, Chicago took their foot off the gas in Game 3 late, and almost paid for it. Yet the NBA playoff schedule 2010 won’t cross off the Bulls right away, as they avoided a sweep and can now tie things up. The city of Cleveland is desperate for a title, so an actual challenge in the first round is the last thing that will help their nerves.
Los Angeles may not be so fragile, since they won a title and know that the Lakers can flip the switch at any time. Since the NBA playoff schedule 2010 had a home game in Oklahoma City for the first time, it may not be surprising that the Thunder rose up. It didn’t look good early however, as the Lakers got a big early lead.
But this time, the Thunder rallied back and came up big in the fourth quarter. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook took things over, while Kobe Bryant came up short for once. The Thunder won their first ever playoff game, 101-96, and now the NBA playoff schedule 2010 will have at least one more first round game in Los Angeles.
The Thunder and Bulls aren’t expected to win any more games, or at least no more than one. But if one of them wins a Game 4 and evens things up, then the questions about the Cavaliers and Lakers will begin. They can still afford the occasional slipup in round one, but not in future rounds.
While the Cavaliers and Lakers slipped, the NBA playoff schedule 2010 had one other game in Portland. The Trail Blazers surprised the Suns in Game 1, then got blown out in Game 2 – and did no better in Game 3.
Portland was the only home team to lose last night, as the Suns destroyed them once more, 108-89. Now the Suns are back in complete control, up 2-1 with Portland reeling again.
While the Cavaliers, Lakers and Trail Blazers have new questions to face this weekend, the NBA playoff schedule 2010 goes on tonight. Boston will go for a 3-0 lead over Miami, while the Mavericks and Spurs, and Jazz and Nuggets, play rubber games out West.
Washington Post- “Bulls hold off charging Cavs, Thunder down Lakers”
Opposing Views- “NBA’s Best Teams – Cavs and Lakers – Beaten”
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