The NBA playoff schedule 2010 will end for the first round soon. By next Tuesday, the NBA playoff schedule for 2010 will have all the second round showdowns set. But by then, only a select few teams will have gotten a lot of rest beforehand. In fact, only one team will go into the second round without a loss, as the Orlando Magic finished the Charlotte Bobcats off last night. With the sweep, the Magic are still looking strong for an Eastern Conference repeat, as they are the first franchise in the NBA playoff schedule 2010 for round two.
The Magic swept the Bobcats despite a lack of offense from Dwight Howard. However, Jameer Nelson and Vince Carter picked up the slack, so that Orlando would have a week of rest until round two. They will next face either the Hawks or the Bucks – who seem to now be set for a long series.
The NBA playoff schedule 2010 looks like the same old, same old for the Hawks. They have had no trouble winning at home, but the road has tripped them up. The Bucks now have new life after winning two in Milwaukee, yet they still must win one game in Atlanta. Even if the Hawks survive, they may not look good for the next round.
Atlanta can advance to round two without winning a road game. However, the NBA playoff schedule 2010 would have them start a series with Orlando on the road. If they don’t solve their road troubles, it might not stop them against the Bucks, but it would against a Magic team that has been perfect so far.
Orlando took care of business against a team making its first playoff appearance. As the Lakers have proven against the Thunder, such a match up can be more difficult than expected. But unlike the Lakers, the Magic have stayed on track in the early part of their NBA playoff schedule 2010. However, once tougher competition emerges, Howard and company may have to up their game.
For now, the Magic are all alone in the second round, but that could change tonight. Three teams come in tonight with 3-1 advantages, as the Celtics, Cavaliers and Spurs can move on. However, the Celtics and Cavaliers can do it at home, as the Spurs have to go on the road at Dallas. But conceivably, three of the four Eastern Conference semifinalists can be set after tonight.
Of course, the big showdown on the NBA playoff schedule 2010 tonight isn’t an elimination game. The Lakers and Thunder have their rubber match in LA, which could restore order to that series or set up an historic upset.
The final stage of the first round is on the horizon – although the Magic managed to skip that phase, and a few others can now do the same.
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