The National Basketball Association is down to it’s final four. After the second round resulted in three sweeps, and a six game series – Sunday will start the conference finals. The defending champion Los Angeles Lakers and the Eastern Conference champion Orlando Magic still remain.
On Thursday night, the fourth seeded Boston Celtics knocked off the overall # 1 seed the Cleveland Cavaliers. The story for the Cavaliers now turns to the free agency of their star LeBron James. After struggling in game five, LeBron played better on Thursday night, but did end with nine turnovers. Boston, who limped in the postseason won two games in the series on the road; in Cleveland, and are now 8-3 in the 2010 postseason.
Boston will take on the second seeded Orlando Magic. The Magic have yet to lose since the postseason started. Orlando blasted Charlotte in four games to start the postseason, and then beat Atlanta in the second round. The Magic beat the Hawks by a total of 75 points in the four games. Orlando beat Boston in seven games in the second round of the postseason in 2009.
In the Western Conference, the top team – Los Angeles Lakers, after surviving a tough six game series with Oklahoma City, took no time to dispose of the Utah Jazz. Kobe Bryant continues to show why he is the best player in the league – as he continues to dominate games.
In the other series, the Phoenix Suns swept the San Antonio Spurs. Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire stepped up and for the first time in both their careers – were able to eliminate Tim Duncan and the Spurs. Phoenix was up and down in the regular season, but ended well, and has now picked up a ton of momentum in the postseason.
The conference finals will start on Sunday afternoon. The Magic will host the Celtics in game one at 3:30pm EST. Los Angeles and Phoenix will get underway on Monday night in Los Angeles. Basically both series will start every other day – with Orlando hosting again on Tuesday and Los Angeles on Wednesday. Both series will feature travel days before the Celtics host Orlando on Saturday May 22nd and Los Angeles plays at Phoenix on Sunday May 23rd. The series’ will continue with possible game 7’s coming the final two games of May.