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Eastern Conference finals schedule (starts Monday)

May 27, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT

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The Boston Celtics don’t mind the short two-day turnaround until the start of the Eastern Conference finals. At least that’s what they are saying now. We’ll see what they are saying Monday night after the game.

So you can set your DVR and not miss a moment, following is the schedule for the Eastern Conference finals. Note that all the games are on ESPN and all of the times below are Eastern. Also, technically everything after Game 4 is “if necessary,” you can decide for yourself how many you think will be necessary. I’m not sure it’s many.

Game 1 -Monday at Miami 8:30PM (ESPN)
Game 2 – Wednesday at Miami 8:30PM (ESPN)
Game 3 – Friday at Boston 8:30PM (ESPN)
Game 4 – June 3 at Boston 8:30PM (ESPN)
Game 5 – June 5 at Miami 8: 8:30PM (ESPN)
Game 6 – June 7 at Boston 8:30PM (ESPN)
Game 7 – June 9 at Miami 8:30PM (ESPN)

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 27, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Celtics are a team worthy of their favorite status. 4 future Hall of Famers. Great coach. Great tradition.

    Our young bunch down here in Miami is under-manned, and let’s face it; the Heat simply doesn’t have the championship pedigree.

    Just hope we can make make a series out of it. Good luck to the Heat. Whatever happens, it’s been a great season.

    • j0esixpack - May 27, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      That’s a kind humble statement – but the Celts aren’t exactly a powerhouse team

      I think the Heat discovered that without Bosh their best bet is to have LeBron power through the middle.

      I don’t think the Celtics have anyone that can stop that – when KG was younger, yes – today? No.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 27, 2012 at 12:35 PM

        You know us in Miami. Humble to a fault.

    • infectorman - May 27, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      “Also, technically everything after Game 4 is “if necessary,” you can decide for yourself how many you think will be necessary. I’m not sure it’s many”

      Hard to believe you’re actually allowed to “write” articles for anyone, Helin.
      You’re such a ball-washer fan-boy it’s sickening…

      Regardless of whomever you believe is going to win, as a writer, you’re required to show a little respect and journalistic credibility.
      Often, you show neither…

  2. abchome - May 27, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Let’s hope nobody plays dirty, like grabbing one’s arm and falling on him…

  3. thekingdave - May 27, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Under-manned? Stop crapping on the roster just so we can crown Lebron after he overcame so much “adversity” to win his inevitable first title this season(should have happened last season). Last time I checked Lebron took a Cavs team with an even worse supporting cast(not including Bosh and Wade) to the Finals once and to the brink multiple others. Logic dictates putting the best player in the NBA with another top 5 player on the same should guarantee not 5, not 6, not 7 titles. Every season the Heat fail to win a title is a complete disappointment. What else does Lebron need?

    • infectorman - May 27, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      Last time I checked Lebron got to the finals and shrank in the moment again. against the Mavericks. Cleveland might as well be 10 years ago. All that matters is what he’s done lately.

      Not sure how to take your post, but a Title is not “inevitable” for any player….
      Just ask Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Stockton, Pat Ewing, Dominique, etc.
      Even the great Wilt Chamberlain only had one title.

      • thekingdave - May 27, 2012 at 10:23 PM

        Yes, when you possess the greatest combination of size, speed, athleticism, and all around talent the NBA has ever seen, and you team up with two top 10 players on the same team, then it is indeed inevitable that you should win many titles. I’m just getting really sick of these articles and posts crapping on the Miami bench and making it seem like losing Bosh is the end of the world. Lebron plus Wade and 10 random guys should take out the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics any day of the week. As I stated. it is a complete and utter disappointment that they did not win last year, and will be the same if they don’t this year.

      • infectorman - May 28, 2012 at 12:15 AM

        “when you possess the greatest combination of size, speed, athleticism, and all around talent the NBA has ever seen, and you team up with two top 10 players on the same team, then it is indeed inevitable that you should win many titles”


        There is simply so much wrong with that statement, that I hardly know where to begin…
        Arguably, you’re correct about his speed and athleticism, but I’d say Jordan, Kobe, Elgin Baylor and Julius Erving all had similar if not better athleticism.
        Magic Johnson had more basketball capability and Larry Bird had far more resolve and compete in him than Lebron may ever have.
        Furthermore, to say Wade and Bosh are both top 10 players in this league is a reach… MAYBE Wade, but Bosh? Can’t say you’re much more than a native south Floridian with a statement like that.
        Plus, Logic has nothing to do with Titles….as evidenced by last year alone..
        Miami should’ve won? BUT, they didn’t and HAVEN’T yet and their window may be closing just as rapidly as it opened considering the Thunder and other up and coming younger teams that have shown they can dance as well

        You’re viewpoint is at best an oversimplification of competition at this level and at worst a Miami Heats fans myopic view of the basketball world.

        Logic also dictated that Wilt Chamberlain teams should’ve won multiple titles over the Russell’s Celtics, but they didn’t…

      • thekingdave - May 28, 2012 at 5:16 PM

        There’s this crazy word known as “combination” that you failed to read which would have saved you from ranting on a couple sentences. And Wade, MAYBE a top 10 player? Are you serious? He’s borderline top 5, and if Bosh was in an offense where he had the touches the opinion would shift back to what it was pre 2010, Bosh is a top 10 player and a premier big man.

        By the way, I’m a Rockets fan, born and raised in Houston, HATE Lebron, and HATE the Miami Heat. My whole point is it is pathetic they have yet to finish with the best record in the league, yet to win a title, and do inexcusable things like dropping a game to the New York Knicks. I see what’s happening 3 steps ahead with all this “undermanned” “not the same team without Bosh” “no talent on the bench” nonsense, the media’s setting the story up so we can finally crown Lebron for overcoming so much “adversity”. In actuality, a team with Lebron and Wade should have dominated from day one.

  4. dolfanatik - May 27, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    The First Three Scehded games favor the Heat. Rest , Home Court. Defensive Rebounding and making sure Garnett and Bass are hitting there 12-17 footera are extremely important. Durability, and Energy are the deciding factors. With Heat Greg Anothony Being Key Reserve In Series.

  5. lucky5934 - May 27, 2012 at 12:29 PM


    Lebron needs to get over the fear of failing before he will win a championship. It’s all upstairs with that guy.

  6. jjordannba - May 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    What the hell kinda schedule is that. Why would it be the farther you get the more condensed the schedule gets, that’s ridiculous. A game every other day for possibly the next 7 games, 8 for the Celtics. That’s worse than a regular season schedule. It should’ve started like this in the playoffs then by now they could’ve spaced it out. They all just went through 2 series, 4 teams left and we’re rushing it, come on now.

    • lucky5934 - May 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      Yes, I never understood the NBA Playoff schedule. Spaced out first round games and condensed Conference Final games. Doesn’t make sense to “Speed up the playoffs” all of a sudden.

    • slippyal2 - May 27, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      The NBA wants to maximize it’s TV exposure, that is why teams got two days off in the 1st round. They had 8 playoff series spread out over the 1st two weeks. Now it’s about the fittest of the fit. Celtics wouldn’t have to worry about playing every other day if they would of taken care of the 76ers in 6 games.

  7. ss3walkman - May 27, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    There’s going to be match up problems for Miami. Rondo is going to torch Mario, so at what point do you put James on him? And when you do Pierce is gonna make them pay.

    Allen isn’t himself with those bad ankles which sucks because he’s had pretty decent games against Miami. They’ll need him to make some clutch shots still.

    KG is going to run-a-muck inside. Regardless who’s playin defense he’s going to shoot over the top or get them in foul trouble. They have nobody who can play against him who’s smart. What are they gonna do? Put Bron on him?

    Bron and my boy Wade will get theirs of course, but who else will step up?

    Watch bench players from Boston are gonna step up?

    I see big minutes from Rondo and Pierce to keep Miami from out scoring when the starters need rest.

  8. jtchernak - May 27, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Why are all the games at 8:30 c’mon man

    • lucky5934 - May 27, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      Because they foolishly believe that late at night on a Sunday night is the ideal time to reach the target audience. Idiot Stern!

  9. acdc363 - May 27, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Good analysis walkman. I agree with everything.

  10. rodge1 - May 27, 2012 at 3:35 PM


    Let’s hope no one rides on a player’s back forcing the other to remove him.

  11. drewvt6 - May 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    8:30 is for the 200 million Americans who live west of the eastern time zone

  12. packhawk04 - May 27, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Heat sweep like everyone is predicting.

  13. lakerluver - May 27, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Watching the Western Conf. Finals and their is no comparison between the two conferences. The East sucks. I’m picking the Spurs to win the West (and the title) but the Thunder would beat the East champs too.

    • infectorman - May 28, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      yup, you’re entitled to your opinion, even if it is a waste of keystrokes.

      Fakers are DONE, and so are you.
      adios fakerluver

  14. lakerluver - May 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    @ thekingdave, last season the Heat had Bosh and Dallas still kicked their butts, so why do you keep claiming they should’ve won last season? Based on what, wishful thinking? Basketball is a TEAM game. A TEAM consists of TWELVE men not 3. If the Heat get to the Finals, which they should because without a healthy Bulls team the East sucks, they will get their butts kicked again by either the Spurs or the Thunder. They had better hope the Thunder upset the Spurs then at least they would have a chance. Against the Spurs they have NO CHANCE. You think Dallas clowned them, wait and see what the Spurs do to them. With or without Bosh it will be over in 6 games, tops. The Spurs are too good, too deep, and too well-coached to lose to Miami.

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