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The scheduling powers that be have put the Western Conference Finals in cryostasis

May 12, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT

The NBA doesn’t care about you. It doesn’t care that you’ve become accustomed to a certain standard of basketball living in the playoffs, and that your week is built around the usual nightly postseason fare.

That’s why rather than schedule the Western Conference Finals to start at the tail end of this weak while the East Semis wrap up, the series between the Lakers and Suns won’t kick off until late Monday night. It’s all thanks to broadcast efforts to run both Conference Finals’ simultaneously, and while that may be great for scheduling symmetry, it leaves quite a break before the Suns and Lakers are able to run again after sweeping their second round opponents.

It’s impossible to say how it would affect either one of those Western Conference teams, as some squads respond positively to extended rest and others begin to rust. Either way, the shame is that we won’t know how the streaking Suns match up with the defending champs until next week.

Meanwhile, the Celtics and Cavs will provide the only entertainment in town, which is reason enough to root for a seventh game between the two Easter Conference rivals. Game 6 will provide LeBron and the Cavs their shot at redemption for the massacre in Game 5, but a winner-take-all Game 7 would be just the dose of basketball fans need to hold them over through the weekend.

Otherwise, we’re looking at the first substantial break in the action since the postseason began, and while that can only be a good thing for Steve Nash’s swollen eye, it’s not the best news for basketball junkies.  

  1. Bette - May 12, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    There is a long break because both West teams swept their semi-final series. They deserve the break. The only ones complaining are the fans…too bad.

  2. Ron - May 13, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Stop being disingenuous. %The long “weak” (sic) is necessary. Why? Because what if the NBA starts the WCF early, and then once again one of the teams gets swept and the ECF runs seven games? You are looking at maybe a TWO-WEEK delay!
    Your blogging is a joke. Either you are stupid or just being intellectually dishonest, and you write these things to get a rise out of people. “The NBA doesn’t care about you.” What a joke. Go back to journalism school and bootstrap your way up to some honest, thoughtful writing. If that’s possible.
    MSNBC must be desperate as hell.

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