Sunday, May 17, 2009

2009 NBA Conference Final Schedule

You would think that with 2 Game 7s that we would have had some thrills but has have been the case with the NBA Playoffs this year outside of the Bulls-Celtics series the only drama of both games was what was the final margin of victory going to be. Neither entertained and neither were interesting. On the plus side for the NBA looking forward, their schedule for the conference finals is much better with a game on everyday and each series on every other day whereas the NHL has a bunch of extra days off, and in my view, that in part ruins the some of the momentum the NHL had heading out of the conference finals. Oh, and despite starting 2 days later, the Game sevens in the NBA take place before the Game 7s of the NHL. Gary Bettman strikes again! But enough of me opining (Nathan Brice would not approve) and more to the point of this post, and that's the actual schedule (and soon to be results page as we progress along) of the 2009 NBA Conference finals which start on Tuesday with the Nuggets taking on the Lakers. (all times eastern)

Eastern Conference Finals

#1 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. #3 Orlando Magic
Game 1: Magic 107-106
Game 2: Cavaliers 96-95
Game 3: Magic 99-89
Game 4: Magic 116-114 F/OT
Game 5: Cavaliers 112-102
Game 6: Magic 103-90
Orlando wins the series 4-2.

Western Conference Finals

#1 Los Angeles Lakers vs. #2 Denver Nuggets
Game 1: Lakers 105-103
Game 2: Nuggets 106-103
Game 3: Lakers 103-97
Game 4: Nuggets 120-101
Game 5: Lakers 103-94
Game 6: Lakers 119-92
Los Angeles wins the series 4-2.

Hopefully the NBA Playoffs finally decide to give us some excitement. Personally, I think that Cleveland will walk right on Orlando as the Magic have yet to play with consistency and even when they are good, I still don't think they have what it takes to hang with the Cavs, especially in the Q. Meanwhile, I think we have quite showdown out west that could quite potentially save this NBA Playoffs from going down as one of the worst on record, even if you include Bulls-Celtics. No game outsied that series has gone into overtime and we have had very few buzzer beaters. The NBA Playoffs has always been a good source of drama and unpredictability in years past, and that has been heavily lacking this year. The fun starts on Tuesday. And if I think (or know) that I will be around all night and am not feeling tired and/or lazy, I will have live blogs (which I will try to give you a heads up about via CiL email invitation, but even then, I can't guarantee that), if not, I'll just have the standard open thread up which y'all have grown quite accustomed to.

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