2009 NBA Playoffs | Western and Eastern Conference Finals Schedule and Amazing Videos

2009 NBA Playoffs | Western and Eastern Conference Finals Schedule and Amazing Videos

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It has been a thrilling series between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets in the West and the Boston Celtics and the Orlando Magic in the East.

On their Semifinals Game 6 doubleheader last Friday, the Lakers and the Celtics failed to show the exit door for the Rockets and the Magic respectively. Because of this, another doubleheader will be played on May 17, Sunday (Monday here  in the Philippines). This will be the penultimate do-or-die Game 7 for both series.

Whoever survives between the Lakers and the Rockets will earn the right to face the Denver Nuggets led by Chauncey Billups in the Western Conference Finals. On the other side, first-time NBA MVP Lebron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers are already waiting to take on either the defending champion Celtics or the Magic for the Eastern Conference Finals.

Even if there are no clear matchups yet, the NBA organization has already released this schedule for the Conference Finals.

Western Conference Finals — L.A. Lakers vs. Denver OR Denver vs. Houston
Game Date Teams Local EDT
Game 1 Tue May 19 Den at Lakers/OR/Hou at Den TBD 9:00PM (ESPN/R)
Game 2 Thu May 21 Den at Lakers/OR/Hou at Den TBD 9:00PM (ESPN/R)
Game 3 Sat May 23 Lakers at Den/OR/Den at Hou TBD 8:30PM (ABC/R)
Game 4 Mon May 25 Lakers at Den/OR/Den at Hou TBD 9:00PM (ESPN/R)
Game 5 * Wed May 27 Den at Lakers/OR/Hou at Den TBD 9:00PM (ESPN/R)
Game 6 * Fri May 29 Lakers at Den/OR/Den at Hou TBD 9:00PM (ESPN/R)
Game 7 * Sun May 31 Den at Lakers/OR/Hou at Den TBD 8:30PM (ABC/R)
*If necessary R – ESPN Radio

Eastern Conference — Cleveland vs. Boston OR Orlando
Game Date Teams Local EDT
Game 1 Wed May 20 Bos/OR/Orl at Cleveland 8:30PM 8:30PM (TNT/R)
Game 2 Fri May 22 Bos/OR/Orl at Cleveland 8:30PM 8:30PM (TNT/R)
Game 3 Sun May 24 Cleveland at Bos/OR/Orl 8:30PM 8:30PM (TNT/R)
Game 4 Tue May 26 Cleveland at Bos/OR/Orl 8:30PM 8:30PM (TNT/R)
Game 5 * Thu May 28 Bos/OR/Orl at Cleveland 8:30PM 8:30PM (TNT/R)
Game 6 * Sat May 30 Cleveland at Bos/OR/Orl 8:30PM 8:30PM (TNT/R)
Game 7 * Mon June 1 Bos/OR/Orl at Cleveland 8:30PM 8:30PM (TNT/R)
*If necessary R – ESPN Radio

And to further pump-up the excitement, the NBA has released these amazing commercials with even more amazing visual effects.

Every time I watch that video, it never fails to give me goosebumps. It was one of the greatest moments in the Shaq-Kobe tandem. Trailing by 15 points in the 4th quarter of the deciding Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trailblazers, the LA Lakers went on a 29-9 run highlighted by this Kobe-to-Shaq alley-oop. They captured the first of their three consecutive NBA championships that year. They should have won more if their relationship has not gone sour… Sob…

No, that’s not tears on my eyes, I’m just getting a little bit nostalgic.

If the first video was a great play between Shaq and Kobe, this second one was a stupid play between Isaiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer of the Detroit Pistons Bad Boys. Down by two points in the final seconds of Game 5 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals, Thomas made this risky pass to the immobile as a tree Laimbeer under the basket which was eventually intercepted by Larry Bird and who in one swift motion then passed the ball to the cutting Dennis Johnson for the lay-up. The Boston Celtics won the game, 108-107.

These amazing plays are further enhanced by the amazing visual effects on the videos.

Where will amazing happen this year?

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UPDATE May 23, 2009: Lebron James’ game-winning buzzer at Game 2 of the ongoing Eastern Conference Finals is plainly amazing!

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5 Responses to “2009 NBA Playoffs | Western and Eastern Conference Finals Schedule and Amazing Videos”

  1. mike Says:

    bukas na ba ung game 7? Grabe unexpected talaga itong Rockets. Kahit wala na si Yao,bumabanat pa rin sila.Parang ung last year,sino mag-aakala na makuha nila ung 22 game-winning streak nila.hay, bilog nga talaga ang bola.

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    ark Reply:

    Bukas na. Pero wala ata sa ESPN eh. Pero I’m sure nasa NBA TV at CS9 un. Bilog talaga ang bola bro. Sabi nga nila, it ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings.

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  2. galaxyonline Says:

    I have never seen videos as amazing as these. I wonder how they did that amazing visual effects?

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    ark Reply:

    Haha, I’m not really a graphic artist so I don’t know how they did that either. But yes, they are really amazing.

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