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Encyclopedia > 2008 NBA Playoffs

The 2008 NBA Playoffs is the postseason for the National Basketball Association's 2007-08 season which ends with the 2008 NBA Finals. Image File history File links Gnome_globe_current_event. ... Image File history File links Basketball. ... Current NBA Playoff logo. ... NBA redirects here. ... The 2007-08 NBA season was the 62nd season of the National Basketball Association. ... Dates: June 5 - TBD MVP: TBA Television: ABC (U.S.) TV announcers: Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy Radio network: ESPN Radio Radio announcers: Mike Tirico and Hubie Brown Referees: Game 1: TBD Game 2: TBD Game 3: TBD Game 4: TBD Eastern Finals: Detroit vs. ...


There are four rounds of postseason action, all of them in a best-of-seven format, with teams seeded on a bracket. The team with the better record is not necessarily the basis of seeding teams in the playoffs. Nevertheless, the team with the better record in a match-up has home court advantage.


The theme songs for the Playoffs were "Nine Lives" by Def Leppard and Tim McGraw for the Eastern Conference and "We Made It" by Busta Rhymes and Linkin Park for the Western Conference. Def Leppard are an English hard rock band from Sheffield who formed in 1977 as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. ... For the song by Taylor Swift, see Tim McGraw (song). ... Trevor Smith (born on May 20, 1972), better known as Busta Rhymes, is an American hip hop musician and actor. ... Linkin Park is a rock band from Agoura Hills, California. ...


The playoffs were noted for the return of the Atlanta Hawks into postseason action after nine years of absence, taking the #1 seed Boston Celtics into a game seven before bowing out. Also notable was the race for the Western Conference home court advantage, eventually won by the Los Angeles Lakers who emerged as the Western Conference champions; the debut of the Chris Paul-led New Orleans Hornets in the playoffs after Hurricane Katrina and their 7-game series against defending champions San Antonio Spurs; and the Lakers' and Celtics' revitalization of their franchises, most especially after key trades during the pre-season and regular season. The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays point guard for the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA. His nickname is CP3. ... The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2005. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ...


The two number one seeds, the Lakers and the Celtics, disputed the NBA championship, reviving their old rivalry, last played in the 1987 Finals. Also, it marked the first time since 2000 that both top seeds from each Conference met in the Finals. The Lakers-Celtics Rivalry or Celtics-Lakers Rivalry is a rivalry between two of the most storied basketball franchises in National Basketball Association history, the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. ... The 1987 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1986-87 NBA season. ... The 2000 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1999-2000 National Basketball Association season. ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ...

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Format

The 2008 format is the same as 2007's format. The 2007 NBA Playoffs was the postseason to the National Basketball Associations 2006-2007 season. ...

  • The top 8 teams from each conference qualify for the playoffs.
    • The top 4 seeded teams are the three division winners and the best division runner-up all ranked on the basis of their standings.
    • The bottom 4 seeded teams are seeded by basis of their standings.
  • All series are in a best-of-seven format with the Games 1–2, 5 and 7 on the home court of the team with the better record (not necessarily higher seed).
    • Exception: For the NBA Finals, the team with the better record will play Games 1–2 and 6–7 on their home court.
  • Reseeding (as used in the Stanley Cup Playoffs) is not in use: therefore, all playoff matchups are predetermined via the teams' seedings.

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Playoff qualifying

Eastern Conference

The following teams have clinched a playoff berth in the East:

  1. Boston Celtics (66–16, clinched Atlantic Division, and home court advantage throughout the playoffs)
  2. Detroit Pistons (59–23, clinched Central Division title)
  3. Orlando Magic (52–30, clinched Southeast Division title)
  4. Cleveland Cavaliers (45–37)
  5. Washington Wizards (43–39)
  6. Toronto Raptors (41–41)
  7. Philadelphia 76ers (40–42)
  8. Atlanta Hawks (37–45)

The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Washington Bullets redirects here. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ...

Western Conference

The following teams have clinched a playoff berth in the West:

  1. Los Angeles Lakers (57–25, clinched Pacific Division title, and home court advantage for the Western Conference playoffs)
  2. New Orleans Hornets (56–26, clinched Southwest Division title, winning conference record tiebreaker over Spurs)
  3. San Antonio Spurs (56–26)
  4. Utah Jazz (54–28, clinched Northwest Division title)
  5. Houston Rockets (55–27, winning conference record tiebreaker over Suns)
  6. Phoenix Suns (55–27)
  7. Dallas Mavericks (51–31)
  8. Denver Nuggets (50–32)

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Bracket

This is the outlook for the 2008 NBA playoffs. Teams in italics have home court advantage. Teams in bold advance to the next round. Numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's original playoffs seeding in their respective conferences. Numbers to the right of each team indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions possess an asterisk (*). In team sports, a team representing a city or a region is to be that areas home team. ...

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
1  *Boston 4  
8  Atlanta 3  
  1  Boston 4  
 
  4  Cleveland 3  
4  Cleveland 4
5  Washington 2  
  1  Boston 4  
Eastern Conference
  2  Detroit 2  
3  *Orlando 4  
6  Toronto 1  
  3  Orlando 1
 
  2  Detroit 4  
2  *Detroit 4
7  Philadelphia 2  
  E1  Boston 3
  W1  L.A. Lakers 1
1  *L.A. Lakers 4  
8  Denver 0  
  1  L.A. Lakers 4
 
  4  Utah 2  
4  *Utah 4
5  Houston 2  
  1  L.A. Lakers 4
Western Conference
  3  San Antonio 1  
3  San Antonio 4  
6  Phoenix 1  
  3  San Antonio 4
 
  2  New Orleans 3  
2  *New Orleans 4
7  Dallas 1  
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Dates: June 5 - TBD MVP: TBA Television: ABC (U.S.) TV announcers: Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy Radio network: ESPN Radio Radio announcers: Mike Tirico and Hubie Brown Referees: Game 1: TBD Game 2: TBD Game 3: TBD Game 4: TBD Eastern Finals: Detroit vs. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Washington Bullets redirects here. ... The Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas, Texas. ...

Eastern Conference

First Round

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (8) Atlanta Hawks

April 20 1 Atlanta Hawks 81, Boston Celtics 104 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston TNT
April 23 2 Atlanta Hawks 77, Boston Celtics 96 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston TNT
April 26 3 Boston Celtics 93, Atlanta Hawks 102 Philips Arena, Atlanta ESPN
April 28 4 Boston Celtics 92, Atlanta Hawks 97 Philips Arena, Atlanta TNT
April 30 5 Atlanta Hawks 85, Boston Celtics 110 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston TNT
May 2 6 Boston Celtics 100, Atlanta Hawks 103 Philips Arena, Atlanta ESPN
May 4 7 Atlanta Hawks 65, Boston Celtics 99 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston ABC
Boston wins series, 4–3

Both Game 1 and Game 2 were Celtic routs, keyed by great team defense (Atlanta averaged 79 points in the first two games) and balanced Celtic scoring (six players were in double figures in Game 1, five in Game 2). The most buzz was generated by Mike Bibby stating that Celtic fans were bandwagoners after Game 1, prompting lusty boos every time he touched the ball in Game 2.[1] The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... TD Banknorth Garden is a sports arena in the West End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Boston redirects here. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... TD Banknorth Garden is a sports arena in the West End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Boston redirects here. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... For the stadium of PSV Eindhoven, see Philips Stadion. ... Atlanta redirects here. ... The NBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN family of networks. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... For the stadium of PSV Eindhoven, see Philips Stadion. ... Atlanta redirects here. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... TD Banknorth Garden is a sports arena in the West End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Boston redirects here. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... For the stadium of PSV Eindhoven, see Philips Stadion. ... Atlanta redirects here. ... The NBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN family of networks. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... TD Banknorth Garden is a sports arena in the West End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Boston redirects here. ... The NBA on ABC is a TV show that telecasts NBA games on ABC Sports since Christmas Day 2002. ... Michael (Mike) Bibby (born May 13, 1978 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey) is an American professional basketball point guard for the NBAs Sacramento Kings, and the son of former NBA and UCLA player and former USC basketball coach and current Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Henry Bibby. ...


In Game 3, Atlanta showed its athleticism with an array of dunks from Josh Smith (27 points) and a strong interior performance by the rookie Al Horford (17 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists), who also jawed with Paul Pierce near the end of the game. There would be more jawing in Game 4 between Zaza Pachulia and Kevin Garnett, but the outcome was a surprise: Thanks to fourth quarter heroics by Joe Johnson and Smith, who combined to score 32 of Atlanta's 34 4th quarter points, the upstart Hawks rallied from a 10 point third quarter deficit in Game 4 to tie the series going back to Boston. Boston dominated Game 5, but in Game 6, six Hawks players finished in double figures to edge the Celtics to force a winner-take-all Game 7. The Hawks were no match for the Celtics in Game 7, as the Celtics held them to 26 points in the 1st half. 3 minutes into the 2nd half, the series' tensions finally boiled over when Marvin Williams was ejected for committing a hard foul on Rajon Rondo. Joshua Smith (born December 5, 1985 in College Park, Georgia, U.S.) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. He played one year of high school basketball as a senior at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, after leaving... Alfred (Al) Joel Horford Reynoso (born June 3, 1986 in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) is a Dominican basketball player for the NBAs Atlanta Hawks. ... This article is about a basketball player. ... Zaza Pachulia, born Zaur Pachulia[1] (Georgian: ზაზა ფაჩულია) (born February 10, 1984 in Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union (present Georgia)), is a Georgian professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. // Pachulia was a very successful basketball player at a very early age in Georgia. ... Kevin Maurice Garnett (born May 19, 1976 in Mauldin, South Carolina) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Boston Celtics. ... Joe Johnson can be one of several persons: Joe Johnson, snooker player Joe Johnson, U.S democratic politician Joe Johnson, basketball player This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Marvin Gaye Williams, Jr. ... Rajon Pierre Rondo (born February 22, 1986 in Louisville, Kentucky[1]) is an American professional basketball player with the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. ...


(2) Detroit Pistons vs. (7) Philadelphia 76ers

April 20 1 Philadelphia 76ers 90, Detroit Pistons 86 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills TNT
April 23 2 Philadelphia 76ers 88, Detroit Pistons 105 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills NBA TV
April 25 3 Detroit Pistons 75, Philadelphia 76ers 95 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia ESPN2
April 27 4 Detroit Pistons 93, Philadelphia 76ers 84 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia TNT
April 29 5 Philadelphia 76ers 81, Detroit Pistons 98 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills NBA TV
May 1 6 Detroit Pistons 100, Philadelphia 76ers 77 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia TNT
Detroit wins series, 4–2

Misses down the stretch by Tayshaun Prince and Rasheed Wallace kept the Pistons from beating the Sixers at their home floor as Andre Iguodala grabbed clutch defensive rebounds to seize the home court advantage. The Pistons responded with a blowout in Game 2. Game 3 was close at halftime, but Samuel Dalembert and Andre Miller helped to break it open with strong overall performances. Detroit was behind by 12 in Game 4 at halftime and in danger of falling behind 3–1 going back home, but three second-half 3s by Rasheed Wallace and strong showings by Tayshaun Prince and Chauncey Billups keyed an eighteen point 3rd quarter turnaround which helped even the series. Detroit dominated Game 5 behind Billups's 14 points and 5 first quarter assists, jumping out to a fourteen point lead and never looking back. Richard Hamilton keyed a similar such start in Game 6, scoring 13 points, as the Pistons took an eighteen point first quarter lead and eventually rolled into the second round. 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Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... ESPN2 debuted on October 1, 1993, as a sister station of ESPN. Nicknamed the deuce, ESPN2 was to be branded as a network for a younger generation of sports fans featuring edgier graphics as well as extreme sports like motocross, snowboarding, and BMX racing. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Wachovia Center, formerly known as the CoreStates Center and the First Union Center, is an indoor arena located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Palace of Auburn Hills (a. ... Auburn Hills is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... NBA TV is a television network that is dedicated to showcasing the sport of basketball in the United States. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Wachovia Center, formerly known as the CoreStates Center and the First Union Center, is an indoor arena located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... Tayshaun Durell Prince (born February 28, 1980, in Compton, California) is an American basketball player for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. ... Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... The Palace of Auburn Hills (a. ... Andre Tyler Iguodala (born January 28, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. He is sometimes nicknamed Iggy, and The Other A.I. or A.I.2 because his initials are identical to former 76ers great and former teammate Allen Iverson... Samuel Davis Dalembert (born May 10, 1981 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti) is a professional basketball player who plays center with the NBAs Philadelphia 76ers. ... Andre Lloyd Miller (born March 19, 1976 in Los Angeles, California) is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. Miller played collegiately at the University of Utah for four years. ... Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Tayshaun Durell Prince (born February 28, 1980, in Compton, California) is an American basketball player for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. ... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976, in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ... 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(3) Orlando Magic vs. (6) Toronto Raptors

April 20 1 Toronto Raptors 100, Orlando Magic 114 Amway Arena, Orlando TNT, TSN
April 22 2 Toronto Raptors 103, Orlando Magic 104 Amway Arena, Orlando NBA TV
April 24 3 Orlando Magic 94, Toronto Raptors 108 Air Canada Centre, Toronto NBA TV
April 26 4 Orlando Magic 106, Toronto Raptors 94 Air Canada Centre, Toronto TNT
April 28 5 Toronto Raptors 92, Orlando Magic 102 Amway Arena, Orlando NBA TV
Orlando wins series, 4–1

Scoring 25 points and grabbing 22 rebounds, Dwight Howard gave the Magic their first playoffs win since 2003 as they practically led the entire game.[2] Howard would put up a 29–20 in Game 2, as Hedo Turkoglu scored the final four go-ahead points to give the Magic a 2–0 lead. The Raptors would respond with a strong Game 3 victory keyed by great point guard play from T.J. Ford and Jose Calderon. But Jameer Nelson, Rashard Lewis and Keith Bogans keyed strong three point shooting in Game 4 and overcame Chris Bosh's 39 points and 15 rebounds to bring the Magic out of Toronto with a 3–1 lead. Howard would finish off the series in Game 5 as impressively as he started–21 points, 21 rebounds, 3 blocks. The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... Amway Arena (formerly known as the Orlando Arena, TD Waterhouse Centre, and The Arena in Orlando [1], and colloquially known by the nickname of O-Rena) is an indoor arena in Orlando, Florida. ... Orlando redirects here. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... The Sports Network (commonly known as TSN) is a Canadian English language cable television specialty channel and is Canadas leading English language sports television channel. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... Amway Arena (formerly known as the Orlando Arena, TD Waterhouse Centre, and The Arena in Orlando [1], and colloquially known by the nickname of O-Rena) is an indoor arena in Orlando, Florida. ... Orlando redirects here. ... NBA TV is a television network that is dedicated to showcasing the sport of basketball in the United States. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... North Entrance Atrium. ... NBA TV is a television network that is dedicated to showcasing the sport of basketball in the United States. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... North Entrance Atrium. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... Amway Arena (formerly known as the Orlando Arena, TD Waterhouse Centre, and The Arena in Orlando [1], and colloquially known by the nickname of O-Rena) is an indoor arena in Orlando, Florida. ... Orlando redirects here. ... NBA TV is a television network that is dedicated to showcasing the sport of basketball in the United States. ... Dwight David Howard (born December 8, 1985, in Atlanta, Georgia[1]) is an American basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The 2003 NBA playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2002-03 NBA season. ... Hidayet TürkoÄŸlu, widely known as Hedo TürkoÄŸlu (born March 19, 1979 in Ä°stanbul), is a professional basketball player, and the first Turkish-born player in NBA history. ... Bob Cousy Point guard (PG), also called the one or the ball-handler, is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. ... Terrance Jerod T.J. Ford (born March 24, 1983, in Houston, Texas) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA, currently playing for the Toronto Raptors. ... José Manuel Calderón (born September 28, 1981) is a Spanish professional basketball player who signed with the NBAs Toronto Raptors on August 3, 2005. ... Jameer Nelson (born February 9, 1982 in Chester, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the NBA. He is most famous for being one of the most popular stars of mens college basketball in the early 2000s, representing Saint Josephs University. ... Rashard Quovon Lewis (born August 8, 1979 in Pineville, Louisiana) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Orlando Magic. ... Keith Ramon Bogans (born May 12, 1980 in Washington, D.C.) is a professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic in the National Basketball Association. ... For the professional wrestler, see Chris Bosh (wrestler). ...


(4) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (5) Washington Wizards

April 19 1 Washington Wizards 86, Cleveland Cavaliers 93 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland ESPN
April 21 2 Washington Wizards 86, Cleveland Cavaliers 116 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland TNT
April 24 3 Cleveland Cavaliers 72, Washington Wizards 108 Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. TNT
April 27 4 Cleveland Cavaliers 100, Washington Wizards 97 Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. ABC
April 30 5 Washington Wizards 88, Cleveland Cavaliers 87 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland TNT
May 2 6 Cleveland Cavaliers 105, Washington Wizards 88 Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. ESPN2
Cleveland wins series, 4–2

LeBron James, labeled as "overrated" by Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson, scored 20 of his 32 points in the second half to help the Cavs draw first blood in their third first round meeting in as many years.[3] The Cavs and Wizards traded blowouts in Games 2 and 3, but Cleveland took a 3–1 lead in the Verizon Center off of Delonte West's last second three pointer. Washington stayed alive by winning Game 5 when Caron Butler converted a running shot with only seconds left, capping off his 32 point performance. However, James would lead the Cavs to a dominating Game 6 victory in Washington with a triple double (27 points, 13 rebounds, 13 assists); he also received crucial outside shooting from Wally Szczerbiak and Daniel Gibson, who combined for 48 points. The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Washington Bullets redirects here. ... Washington Bullets redirects here. ... 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The Verizon Center is a sports and entertainment arena in Washington, D.C., USA, named after telecommunications sponsor Verizon Communications. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 For other uses, see Basketball (disambiguation). ... DeShawn Stevenson (born April 3, 1981 in Fresno, California) is an American professional basketball player currently with the Washington Wizards of the NBA. He originally committed to the University of Kansas, but decided to enter the NBA directly from Washington Union High School in his hometown of Fresno, and was... The Verizon Center is a sports and entertainment arena in Washington, D.C., USA, named after telecommunications sponsor Verizon Communications. ... 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This series has been marked by several harsh physical plays on LeBron James, with Brendan Haywood, Stevenson, and Darius Songaila picking up technical and flagrant fouls for hard contact on James. Brendan Todd Haywood (born November 27, 1979, in New York City, United States) is an American professional basketball player. ... {{infobox NBA Player | image = | name = Darius Songaila | position = Power forward | height_ft = 6| height_in = 8 | weight_lbs = 240 | league = NBA | team = Washington Wizards | nationality = Lithuania | birth_date = February 14, 1978 ) | birth_place = [[MarijampolÄ—], Lithuania | college = Wake Forest | draft = 2nd round, 50th overall | draft_year = 2002 | draft_team = Boston Celtics | career_start = 2002 | career_end = | former_teams = CSKA Moscow (2002...


Conference Semifinals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (4) Cleveland Cavaliers

May 6 1 Cleveland Cavaliers 72, Boston Celtics 76 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston TNT
May 8 2 Cleveland Cavaliers 73, Boston Celtics 89 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston ESPN
May 10 3 Boston Celtics 84, Cleveland Cavaliers 108 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland ABC
May 12 4 Boston Celtics 77, Cleveland Cavaliers 88 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland TNT
May 14 5 Cleveland Cavaliers 89, Boston Celtics 96 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston TNT
May 16 6 Boston Celtics 69, Cleveland Cavaliers 74 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland ESPN
May 18 7 Cleveland Cavaliers 92, Boston Celtics 97 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston ABC
Boston wins series, 4–3

Although the Celtics had a quick turnaround from their unexpected seven-game series with Atlanta, they managed to hold off the Cavs by winning the first two games in Boston. Kevin Garnett scored 28 points and 8 rebounds and made the go-ahead shot in Game 1. LeBron James would only shoot 8 for 42 from the field in the first two games. The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... TD Banknorth Garden is a sports arena in the West End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Boston redirects here. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... TD Banknorth Garden is a sports arena in the West End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Boston redirects here. ... The NBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN family of networks. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Quicken Loans Arena (aka The Q) is a multipurpose arena in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Until August 2005, it was known as Gund Arena, named for Gordon Gund, a former owner of the Cavaliers, after he paid for the naming rights. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... The NBA on ABC is a TV show that telecasts NBA games on ABC Sports since Christmas Day 2002. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Quicken Loans Arena (aka The Q) is a multipurpose arena in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Until August 2005, it was known as Gund Arena, named for Gordon Gund, a former owner of the Cavaliers, after he paid for the naming rights. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... TD Banknorth Garden is a sports arena in the West End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Boston redirects here. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Quicken Loans Arena (aka The Q) is a multipurpose arena in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Until August 2005, it was known as Gund Arena, named for Gordon Gund, a former owner of the Cavaliers, after he paid for the naming rights. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... The NBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN family of networks. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... TD Banknorth Garden is a sports arena in the West End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Boston redirects here. ... The NBA on ABC is a TV show that telecasts NBA games on ABC Sports since Christmas Day 2002. ... Kevin Maurice Garnett (born May 19, 1976 in Mauldin, South Carolina) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Boston Celtics. ... LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


Cleveland would come back to win the next two games, Game 3 a blowout where five Cavs scored in double figures, and Game 4 where James would punctuate the victory with a dunk over Garnett. James's shooting improved in the return to the Garden in Game 5, but received minimal help from his teammates as Rajon Rondo, Garnett, and Paul Pierce all scored over 20 points to push Boston over the top. Game 6 was an ugly affair, with both teams shooting under 40 percent, but a 32-12-6 performance by James was enough. Boston, the best road team in the regular season, fell to 0-6 on the road. Rajon Pierre Rondo (born February 22, 1986 in Louisville, Kentucky[1]) is an American professional basketball player with the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. ... This article is about a basketball player. ...


Game 7 would end in a duel between Pierce (41 points) and James (45 points) that some compared to the great Bird-Dominique duel in the Garden 20 years ago. But timely offensive rebounding (10 in all), 18 second chance points, and a few key shots from the Celtic veteran P.J. Brown helped push Boston into the Eastern Conference Finals. Collier P.J. Brown (born October 14, 1969 in Detroit, Michigan) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. After a college career at Louisiana Tech University, he was a second round draft choice of the New Jersey Nets in the 1992 NBA Draft, and has played for the Nets... In the NBA, conference finals occur when the NBA playoffs conclude and the final two teams in the conference faceoff. ...


(2) Detroit Pistons vs. (3) Orlando Magic

May 3 1 Orlando Magic 72, Detroit Pistons 91 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills TNT
May 5 2 Orlando Magic 93, Detroit Pistons 100 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills TNT
May 7 3 Detroit Pistons 86, Orlando Magic 111 Amway Arena, Orlando TNT
May 10 4 Detroit Pistons 90, Orlando Magic 89 Amway Arena, Orlando ESPN
May 13 5 Orlando Magic 86, Detroit Pistons 91 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills TNT
Detroit wins series, 4–1

The Detroit Pistons opened up with a rout in Game 1, as Detroit's big men keyed in on Dwight Howard and forced him to playoff lows 12 points and 8 rebounds, with five Pistons scoring in double figures. After being quiet in Game 2, the Magic's 3 point shooting picked up (11 for 26, Jameer Nelson making five for eight), but could not overcome 19 turnovers and fell down in the series 2-0. There would also be a controversial call at the end of the third quarter where Chauncey Billups would make a 3 near the end of the 3rd quarter when the clock froze and approximately 0.5 seconds remained, but TNT clocks would later reveal that Billups could not have gotten the ball off in time. The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Palace of Auburn Hills (a. ... Auburn Hills is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Palace of Auburn Hills (a. ... Auburn Hills is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... Amway Arena (formerly known as the Orlando Arena, TD Waterhouse Centre, and The Arena in Orlando [1], and colloquially known by the nickname of O-Rena) is an indoor arena in Orlando, Florida. ... Orlando redirects here. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... Amway Arena (formerly known as the Orlando Arena, TD Waterhouse Centre, and The Arena in Orlando [1], and colloquially known by the nickname of O-Rena) is an indoor arena in Orlando, Florida. ... Orlando redirects here. ... The NBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN family of networks. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Palace of Auburn Hills (a. ... Auburn Hills is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... Dwight David Howard (born December 8, 1985, in Atlanta, Georgia[1]) is an American basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Jameer Nelson (born February 9, 1982 in Chester, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the NBA. He is most famous for being one of the most popular stars of mens college basketball in the early 2000s, representing Saint Josephs University. ... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976, in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ...


The Magic would take a 24-6 lead at home in Game 3 and use a 38-17 4th quarter to blow out Detroit; they were paced by 33 points by Rashard Lewis. Billups would injure his right hamstring early in the game and miss the remainder of the series, but they would not need him for Game 4 as Richard Hamilton scored 32 points and the Pistons came from 15 back in the 3rd quarter. Tayshaun Prince would make the go-ahead basket with 8.9 seconds left and Hedo Turkoglu missed a layup as time ran out. Rashard Quovon Lewis (born August 8, 1979 in Pineville, Louisiana) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Orlando Magic. ... Richard Hamilton is the name of: Richard Hamilton (artist), a British painter and collage artist Richard Hamilton (basketball), a player with the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association Richard Hamilton (professor), Professor of Mathematics at Columbia University Richard Hamilton (actor) [1] This is a disambiguation page: a list of... Tayshaun Durell Prince (born February 28, 1980, in Compton, California) is an American basketball player for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. ... Hidayet Türkoğlu, widely known as Hedo Türkoğlu (born March 19, 1979 in İstanbul), is a professional basketball player, and the first Turkish-born player in NBA history. ...


Billups's starting replacement, Rodney Stuckey, struggled in Game 4, but came back with a strong Game 5. The Magic would outshoot the Pistons 48 to 36 percent, would make 36 percent of their 3s compared to 21 percent for Detroit, and outrebound them 46 to 38, but turned the ball over 21 times while Detroit had only 3. Rip Hamilton again led Detroit with 31 points, and Prince made the crucial defensive play by blocking Turkoglu's layup in the waning seconds. Detroit advanced to their sixth straight Eastern Conference Finals, the longest Conference Finals streak since the Los Angeles Lakers went to eight straight in the 80s. Rodney Norvell Stuckey (born April 21, 1986 in Kent, Washington) is a professional basketball shooting guard/point guard for the Detroit Pistons of the NBA. // On June 28, 2007, Stuckey was taken 15th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. ... In the NBA, conference finals occur when the NBA playoffs conclude and the final two teams in the conference faceoff. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ...


Conference Finals: (1) Boston Celtics vs. (2) Detroit Pistons

May 20 1 Detroit Pistons 79, Boston Celtics 88 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston ESPN
May 22 2 Detroit Pistons 103, Boston Celtics 97 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston ESPN
May 24 3 Boston Celtics 94, Detroit Pistons 80 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills ABC
May 26 4 Boston Celtics 75, Detroit Pistons 94 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills ESPN
May 28 5 Detroit Pistons 102, Boston Celtics 106 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston ESPN
May 30 6 Boston Celtics 89, Detroit Pistons 81 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills ESPN
Boston wins series, 4–2

Detroit walked into the NBA Eastern Conference Finals for the sixth straight season. Boston held off the Pistons in Game 1 on 79-88, but let Detroit rally a strong performance in Game 2 to win it 103-97 (marking Boston's first home court loss in the post-season). However, they let the Celtics win their first road playoff game 94-80 in Game 3. Game 4 saw the Pistons win 94-75, however they lost Game 5 106-102 despite a scoring run late in the game. In Game 6, the Pistons strolled into the fourth quarter leading 70-60, but a lack of focus, a poor game from Rasheed Wallace, and a rally-destroying turnover by Tayshaun Prince ultimately lead to their demise, as the Pistons would end their season losing 89-81. With that, the Celtics moved on to the NBA Finals, and they will face the Los Angeles Lakers for the 11th time. The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... TD Banknorth Garden is a sports arena in the West End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Boston redirects here. ... The NBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN family of networks. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... TD Banknorth Garden is a sports arena in the West End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Boston redirects here. ... The NBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN family of networks. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Palace of Auburn Hills (a. ... Auburn Hills is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... The NBA on ABC is a TV show that telecasts NBA games on ABC Sports since Christmas Day 2002. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Palace of Auburn Hills (a. ... Auburn Hills is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... The NBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN family of networks. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... TD Banknorth Garden is a sports arena in the West End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Boston redirects here. ... The NBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN family of networks. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Palace of Auburn Hills (a. ... Auburn Hills is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... The NBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN family of networks. ...


Western Conference

First Round

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Denver Nuggets

April 20 1 Denver Nuggets 114, Los Angeles Lakers 128 Staples Center, Los Angeles ABC
April 23 2 Denver Nuggets 107, Los Angeles Lakers 122 Staples Center, Los Angeles TNT
April 26 3 Los Angeles Lakers 102, Denver Nuggets 84 Pepsi Center, Denver TNT
April 28 4 Los Angeles Lakers 107, Denver Nuggets 101 Pepsi Center, Denver TNT
Los Angeles wins series, 4–0

In Pau Gasol's playoff debut with the Lakers, he scored 36 points, 16 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 blocked shots as the Lakers beat the Nuggets in Game 1. Kobe Bryant gave the fans a vintage performance in Game 2 by scoring 49 points and adding 10 assists in a blowout at Staples Center. The Nuggets were routed at home in Game 3, with Carmelo Anthony stating the team quit in the second half. Game 4 was closer, but Bryant led the Lakers with 14 points in the last five and a half minutes to close out the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. It's the first time the Lakers advanced to the second round since the 2003-04 NBA season.[4] The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California adjacent to the LA Live development. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... The NBA on ABC is a TV show that telecasts NBA games on ABC Sports since Christmas Day 2002. ... For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California adjacent to the LA Live development. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... Pepsi Center is an arena located in Denver, Colorado, USA. The building is home to the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Mammoth and Colorado Crush. ... Nickname: Location of Denver in the State of Colorado Location of Colorado in the United States Coordinates: , Country United States State State of Colorado City and County Denver[1] Founded 1858-11-22, as Denver City, K.T.[2] Incorporated 1861-11-07, as Denver City, C.T.[3] Consolidated... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... Pepsi Center is an arena located in Denver, Colorado, USA. The building is home to the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Mammoth and Colorado Crush. ... Nickname: Location of Denver in the State of Colorado Location of Colorado in the United States Coordinates: , Country United States State State of Colorado City and County Denver[1] Founded 1858-11-22, as Denver City, K.T.[2] Incorporated 1861-11-07, as Denver City, C.T.[3] Consolidated... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... Gasol was with the Memphis Grizzlies from 2001-2008 until he was traded away to the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2007-2008 season. ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Carmelo Anthony (born May 29, 1984 in the Red Hook Projects of Brooklyn, New York)[1] is an American professional basketball player at the small forward position for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association and the USA National Team. ... Pepsi Center is an arena located in Denver, Colorado, USA. The building is home to the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Mammoth and Colorado Crush. ... The 2003-04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


(2) New Orleans Hornets vs. (7) Dallas Mavericks

April 19 1 Dallas Mavericks 92, New Orleans Hornets 104 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans ESPN
April 22 2 Dallas Mavericks 103, New Orleans Hornets 127 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans TNT
April 25 3 New Orleans Hornets 87, Dallas Mavericks 97 American Airlines Center, Dallas ESPN
April 27 4 New Orleans Hornets 97, Dallas Mavericks 84 American Airlines Center, Dallas TNT
April 29 5 Dallas Mavericks 94, New Orleans Hornets 99 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans TNT
New Orleans wins series, 4–1

In his playoff debut, Chris Paul scored 35 points, dished out 10 assists, and stole the ball 4 times to lead the Hornets to a comeback home win against the Mavericks.[5] He would replicate that type of performance in Game 2 with 32 points and 17 assists. Dallas would come out with a dominant Game 3 performance at home after inserting Jason Terry into the starting lineup, but New Orleans would win the final two games of the series, keyed by David West in Game 4 and Paul's triple-double in Game 5. The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas, Texas. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas, Texas. ... The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... The New Orleans Arena is an indoor arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... NOLA redirects here. ... The NBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN family of networks. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas, Texas. ... The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... The New Orleans Arena is an indoor arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... NOLA redirects here. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas, Texas. ... The American Airlines Center is an arena located in the Victory Park neighborhood near downtown Dallas, Texas that is used for hockey games, basketball games, football games and concerts. ... For other uses, see Dallas (disambiguation). ... The NBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN family of networks. ... The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas, Texas. ... The American Airlines Center is an arena located in the Victory Park neighborhood near downtown Dallas, Texas that is used for hockey games, basketball games, football games and concerts. ... For other uses, see Dallas (disambiguation). ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas, Texas. ... The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... The New Orleans Arena is an indoor arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... NOLA redirects here. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays point guard for the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA. His nickname is CP3. ... Jason Eugene Terry (born September 15, 1977 in Seattle, Washington) is an American professional basketball player currently playing with the Dallas Mavericks. ... David West is the name of several people, including David West (basketball), power forward for the NBAs New Orleans Hornets; David West, RSW, the watercolourist. ...


(3) San Antonio Spurs vs. (6) Phoenix Suns

April 19 1 Phoenix Suns 115, San Antonio Spurs 117 (2OT) AT&T Center, San Antonio ABC
April 22 2 Phoenix Suns 96, San Antonio Spurs 102 AT&T Center, San Antonio TNT
April 25 3 San Antonio Spurs 115, Phoenix Suns 99 US Airways Center, Phoenix ESPN
April 27 4 San Antonio Spurs 86, Phoenix Suns 105 US Airways Center, Phoenix ABC
April 29 5 Phoenix Suns 87, San Antonio Spurs 92 AT&T Center, San Antonio TNT
San Antonio wins series, 4–1

Michael Finley made a game-tying three in regulation, Tim Duncan scored 40 points, including a rare three-point field goal to force a second overtime, and Manu Ginóbili clinched victory with a drive to the basket to break the 115-all deadlock with 1.8 seconds left to win a classic Game 1.[6] Tony Parker would then pace the Spurs to their next two victories in the series, scoring 32 and 41 in Games 2 and 3 respectively. At the brink of elimination, Phoenix responded with a strong Game 4. But costly missed free throws by Shaquille O'Neal and key turnovers by Steve Nash helped San Antonio to prevail in Game 5, led again by Parker's 31 points. The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... 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Also notable was Gregg Popovich's use of the Hack-a-Shaq throughout the series to disrupt the Suns offense when Shaquille O'Neal was on the floor. O'Neal would shoot 64 free throws in the five games, making 32 of them. Gregg Popovich (born January 28, 1949 in East Chicago, Indiana) is the head coach of the National Basketball Associations San Antonio Spurs. ... Hack-a-Shaq is the name commonly ascribed to a basketball defensive strategy initially instituted in the National Basketball Association (NBA) by former Dallas Mavericks coach Don Nelson to hinder the scoring ability of the Chicago Bulls. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL; born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


(4) Utah Jazz vs. (5) Houston Rockets

April 19 1 Utah Jazz 93, Houston Rockets 82 Toyota Center, Houston ESPN
April 21 2 Utah Jazz 90, Houston Rockets 84 Toyota Center, Houston TNT
April 24 3 Houston Rockets 94, Utah Jazz 92 EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City TNT
April 26 4 Houston Rockets 82, Utah Jazz 86 EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City ESPN
April 29 5 Utah Jazz 69, Houston Rockets 95 Toyota Center, Houston NBA TV
May 2 6 Houston Rockets 91, Utah Jazz 113 EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City ESPN
Utah wins series, 4–2

The Jazz had a balanced game from Andrei Kirilenko, Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams to steal the home court advantage away from the Rockets.[7] A similar such performance in Game 2 put Utah in a commanding 2–0 lead going back to Salt Lake City. Rafer Alston's return to the Houston lineup after injury, along with Tracy McGrady's 27 points and Carl Landry's key block of Deron Williams on the crucial possession helped Houston to steal Game 3 on the road. Williams responded with a strong performance in a Game 4 victory, plus got some help from Mehmet Okur with his offensive rebound off of his two missed free throws. The Rockets controlled Game 5 to stay alive, but despite getting 40 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists from McGrady in Game 6 and 15 pts from Luis Scola, the rest of Houston's team shot 10 for 39 from the field and could not overcome losing Alston to an ankle injury as the Jazz blew the game open with a 27–11 3rd quarter. 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Conference Semifinals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (4) Utah Jazz

May 4 1 Utah Jazz 98, Los Angeles Lakers 109 Staples Center, Los Angeles ABC
May 7 2 Utah Jazz 110, Los Angeles Lakers 120 Staples Center, Los Angeles TNT
May 9 3 Los Angeles Lakers 99, Utah Jazz 104 EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City ESPN
May 11 4 Los Angeles Lakers 115, Utah Jazz 123 (OT) EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City ABC
May 14 5 Utah Jazz 104, Los Angeles Lakers 111 Staples Center, Los Angeles TNT
May 16 6 Los Angeles Lakers 108, Utah Jazz 105 EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City ESPN
Los Angeles wins series, 4–2

The Lakers, who came out with nothing to lose, took Game 1 in Staples Center winning by 11 against the Jazz. After being awarded this season's NBA MVP in Game 2, Kobe Bryant celebrated with his team as he led the Lakers to victory with 34 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. Unfortunately, the Jazz cut the party short as they headed back home where the Jazz won both Games 3 and 4 to even up the series with Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer, who bounced back after having two terrible games at L.A., leading the team. The Lakers came back with authority as they took Game 5 with Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Lamar Odom scoring 20 plus points each. The Jazz looked to force a Game 7 but the Lakers did not trail and closed out the series in Game 6 with a 108-105 win at Utah where the Jazz were 37-4 during the regular season. Bryant led the team with 34 points as the Lakers advanced to the Western Conference Finals where they haven't been since 2004. 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(2) New Orleans Hornets vs. (3) San Antonio Spurs

May 3 1 San Antonio Spurs 82, New Orleans Hornets 101 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans TNT
May 5 2 San Antonio Spurs 84, New Orleans Hornets 102 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans TNT
May 8 3 New Orleans Hornets 99, San Antonio Spurs 110 AT&T Center, San Antonio ESPN
May 11 4 New Orleans Hornets 80, San Antonio Spurs 100 AT&T Center, San Antonio TNT
May 13 5 San Antonio Spurs 79, New Orleans Hornets 101 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans TNT
May 15 6 New Orleans Hornets 80, San Antonio Spurs 99 AT&T Center, San Antonio ESPN
May 19 7 San Antonio Spurs 91, New Orleans Hornets 82 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans TNT
San Antonio wins series, 4–3

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Conference Finals: (1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) San Antonio Spurs

May 21 1 San Antonio Spurs 85, Los Angeles Lakers 89 Staples Center, Los Angeles TNT
May 23 2 San Antonio Spurs 71, Los Angeles Lakers 101 Staples Center, Los Angeles TNT
May 25 3 Los Angeles Lakers 84, San Antonio Spurs 103 AT&T Center, San Antonio TNT
May 27 4 Los Angeles Lakers 93, San Antonio Spurs 91 AT&T Center, San Antonio TNT
May 29 5 San Antonio Spurs 92, Los Angeles Lakers 100 Staples Center, Los Angeles TNT
Los Angeles wins series, 4–1

The series pitted the two best teams in the Western Conference over the last 10 years. Having the home court advantage, the Lakers started out as a favorite and did not disappoint their home crowd as they overcame a 20-point deficit in Game 1 and won behind Kobe Bryant's 27 points, 25 of which were scored in the second half. Game 2 was a cruise for the Lakers as they made a 9-0 run before halftime, led all game and built the lead to 30. The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California adjacent to the LA Live development. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California adjacent to the LA Live development. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The AT&T Center is an indoor arena located in San Antonio, Texas, USA. It was completed in 2002 as the SBC Center at a cost of $175 million, financed by county issued bonds which were supported by a hotel-occupancy and car rental tax increase and an additional contribution... San Antonio redirects here. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The AT&T Center is an indoor arena located in San Antonio, Texas, USA. It was completed in 2002 as the SBC Center at a cost of $175 million, financed by county issued bonds which were supported by a hotel-occupancy and car rental tax increase and an additional contribution... San Antonio redirects here. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California adjacent to the LA Live development. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television. ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ...


The Spurs easily took Game 3 at home with Manu Ginobili carrying the Spurs after two terrible games at L.A, making 5 3-pointers and finishing with 30 points; Tony Parker and Tim Duncan added 42 more. In Game 4 the Lakers never trailed (the Spurs missed several opportunities to take the lead) and led comfortably late, but a furious run by the Spurs and several mistakes by the Lakers (Bryant attempting a running fallaway with plenty of time on the shot clock, Gasol missing two free throws) gave San Antonio a chance to tie or win with seconds left. On a disputed no-call, Derek Fisher fell into Brent Barry's path, but no foul was called and Barry missed a last second 3-pointer. Emanuel David Ginobili (Spanish: Ginóbili) (born July 28, 1977 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina), better known as Manu Ginobili, is an Argentine basketball player of Italian descent. ...


Heading home up 3-1 in the series, the Lakers trailed in the first quarter by 17 but was able to cut the lead to six by halftime. Again, Bryant stepped up by scoring 17 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter, enabling the Lakers to surge ahead and seal the series, helping them to reach the NBA finals for the 5th time in 9 seasons and the first time in the post-Shaq era.


The Lakers were able to reach the NBA Finals again as the no. 1 seed. The last time this happened to the team was during the 2000 NBA season, where they beat the Indiana Pacers 4-2. They also improved to 4-0 against San Antonio in the Western Conference Finals. The Lakers will look to renew their rivalry with the Boston Celtics as the two match up for the 11th time in the NBA Finals. The 2000 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1999-2000 season. ... The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


NBA Finals: Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Main article: 2008 NBA Finals
June 5 1 Los Angeles Lakers 88, Boston Celtics 98 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston ABC
June 8 2 Los Angeles Lakers 102, Boston Celtics 108 TD Banknorth Garden, Boston ABC
June 10 3 Boston Celtics 81, Los Angeles Lakers 87 Staples Center, Los Angeles ABC
June 12 4 Boston Celtics 97, Los Angeles Lakers 91 Staples Center, Los Angeles ABC
June 15 9:00 PM ET Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center, Los Angeles ABC
Boston leads series, 3–1
June 17 9:00 PM ET Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics* TD Banknorth Garden, Boston ABC
June 19 9:00 PM ET Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics* TD Banknorth Garden, Boston ABC

Dates: June 5 - TBD MVP: TBA Television: ABC (U.S.) TV announcers: Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy Radio network: ESPN Radio Radio announcers: Mike Tirico and Hubie Brown Referees: Game 1: TBD Game 2: TBD Game 3: TBD Game 4: TBD Eastern Finals: Detroit vs. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... TD Banknorth Garden is a sports arena in the West End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Boston redirects here. ... The NBA on ABC is a TV show that telecasts NBA games on ABC Sports since Christmas Day 2002. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... TD Banknorth Garden is a sports arena in the West End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Boston redirects here. ... The NBA on ABC is a TV show that telecasts NBA games on ABC Sports since Christmas Day 2002. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California adjacent to the LA Live development. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... The NBA on ABC is a TV show that telecasts NBA games on ABC Sports since Christmas Day 2002. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California adjacent to the LA Live development. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... The NBA on ABC is a TV show that telecasts NBA games on ABC Sports since Christmas Day 2002. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California adjacent to the LA Live development. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... The NBA on ABC is a TV show that telecasts NBA games on ABC Sports since Christmas Day 2002. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... TD Banknorth Garden is a sports arena in the West End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Boston redirects here. ... The NBA on ABC is a TV show that telecasts NBA games on ABC Sports since Christmas Day 2002. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... TD Banknorth Garden is a sports arena in the West End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Boston redirects here. ... The NBA on ABC is a TV show that telecasts NBA games on ABC Sports since Christmas Day 2002. ...

Broadcast notes

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He also works NBA games for ESPN, and was formerly a play-by-play announcers for New York Giants preseason games, as well as for regular season NFL games on both FOX and... Mark Jackson may refer to: Mark Jacko Jackson (born 1959), Australian Rules footballer, actor Mark Jackson (basketball) (born 1965), American basketball player Mark Jackson (football player), American footballer Mark Jackson (footballer), English footballer Mark Jackson (musician), of the UK band VNV Nation Mark Jackson (politician), American politician Mark Jackson (businessman... Jeff Van Gundy (born January 19, 1962 in Hemet, California) is an American basketball head coach, currently for the National Basketball Associations Houston Rockets. ... Michelle Tafoya doing her job for the cameras. ... Mike Tirico is the lead broadcaster for ESPNs presentation of Monday Night Football. ... 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Mike Dunleavy Sr. ... Craig Sager (born in Batavia, Illinois), is currently a journalist for TNT and TBS. // Sager is graduate of Northwestern University. ... Cheryl Miller (born on January 3, 1964 in Riverside, California) is a former college basketball player and coach, and considered by many the best female player in the history of the game. ... Pamela Oliver, FOX Sports Broadcaster is one of the best in the industry. ... David Aldridge (born February 10, 1965 in Washington, D.C.) is a sports analyst for the television cable network TNT. // Aldridge is a graduate of American University and worked as a writer for The Washington Post, where he spent nine years. ... Stephanie Ready is a sideline reporter for the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association. ...

References

  1. ^ http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2008/04/22/bibby-calls-bostons-fans-bandwagon-jumpers/ Bibby: Boston Fans are "Bandwagon Jumpers", AOL Fanhouse
  2. ^ Dwight Howard’s 20-20 Game Leads Magic Past Raptors, NBA.com
  3. ^ James Scores 20 of his 32 in Second Half, NBA.com
  4. ^ Lakers Take 3-0 Series Lead Over Nuggets, NBA.com
  5. ^ Paul Lifts Hornets over Mavs for Game 1 Win, NBA.com
  6. ^ Duncan Scores 40 to Lead Spurs to Game 1 Win Over Suns, NBA.com
  7. ^ Jazz beat Rockets 93-82 in series opener, NBA.com
  8. ^ Tentative 2008 Playoff schedule
  9. ^ ESPN's announcing schedule
  10. ^ TNT's announcing schedule

External links

  • Official website of the NBA
  • Official website of the 2008 NBA Playoffs
  • ESPN's NBA page
  • ESPN's announcing schedule
  • TNT's announcing schedule
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