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.
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