The NBA playoff schedule 2010 has been quite brief even for the winners. Thanks to the playoff schedule being so easy for the Magic thus far, they have had a lot of time to themselves. Since finishing off the hapless Hawks last Monday night, they have had six days off while the only suspenseful second round series ended. But even that kept the Magic’s luck going, as Orlando will now host the start of the Eastern Conference finals, instead of going to Cleveland. Yet with the Celtics coming to town, the 2010 NBA playoff schedule may finally get challenging for the Magic.
It’s been over a month since the Magic last lost a game, and nearly been as long since they’ve been challenged. The Bobcats posed no threat in their first postseason, while the Hawks laid down more than any second round team in history. While the Cavaliers stumbled and the Lakers faced a brief early test, the Magic have been perfect in the postseason.
But this year’s playoff schedule now moves to the conference finals, where the Celtics are not likely to get swept. Then again, they weren’t expected to wreck the Cavaliers’ championship run either, and all of Cleveland knows how that went. The Celtics thoroughly dominated the Cavs most of the time on the road, and doing it to Orlando should get them back to the finals.
The Eastern Conference finals are a rematch of old playoff foes – just not the ones many expected. The NBA playoff schedule this year looked set up for the Cavaliers and Magic to meet again at this stage. Instead, the Celtics and Magic have a rematch of their second round series from last year. This time, it’s in a later round, with a few healthy stars and with the Magic carrying home court.
Last season, the Magic upset the defending champions in seven, en route to their later upset of the Cavaliers. The playoffs have Orlando as the home team and favorite this time, although the Celtics may not be a surprise anymore. But in this series with the Magic, the Celtics have a healthy Kevin Garnett, unlike last year. Yet Orlando now has a healthy Jameer Nelson for their part.
The last two Eastern Conference champions are facing off for a birth in the NBA finals. Yet the Celtics are the only one with a championship, while the Magic are trying to take one more step this year. The NBA playoff schedule 2010 has been a breeze thus far for Orlando, but will they wilt once they finally get a test? Last year’s conference finals had the 2009 Cavs wilt against the Magic, after they were perfect through two rounds.
The Magic and Celtics face off again at 3:30 p.m. EST in Orlando, on ABC.
Gloucester Times- “Celtics, Magic has all the makings of a classic”
ESPN- “Magic on an historic roll”