2010 NBA Conference Finals Preview: What to Watch and When

We’re down to the NBA’s Final Four after the Boston Celtics sent LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers packing for the summer in six games. In the West, we’ve got two teams who swept their way through the conference semifinals: The Lakers, who brushed off the Jazz, and the Suns, who finally rid themselves of their playoff demons by sweeping the Spurs. With Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Amar’e Stoudemire, Pau Gasol, Jason Richardson, and Andrew Bynum in this series, we certainly won’t be short on star power. (Over/under on celebrities who show up to Game 1: 100?) In the East, we’ve got the Magic, who swept the Hawks with the greatest margin of victory in a four-game series in NBA history, and the Celtics, who may have just ruined professional basketball in Cleveland. It’s a rematch from last year’s conference semifinals, which the Celtics led 3-2 (sans Kevin Garnett) before the Magic stormed back and won the series in seven. If Dwight Howard vs. a healthy K.G. isn’t must-see-TV for you, I’m not sure you can call yourself an NBA fan. Let’s take a more in-depth look at each series, starting with the West. (Click here to jump to the full day-to-day TV schedule for the conference finals.)Begin Slideshow


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