NBA Playoff Conference Finals Schedule And Results

Predictions, schedule and results for the Conference Finals Round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

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NBA Playoff Schedule And Update: Thunder Shocked

The San Antonio Spurs jumped out to a healthy lead in the first quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Those of us that picked the Spurs to roll through this series were nodding confidently. We expected the Spurs to get their act together and put down the upstarts.

Obviously, that didn't happen. The Thunder showed remarkable improvement in this series and won the chance to advance to the NBA Finals more than the Spurs lost it. It was a fun game and a fun series and we can't and won't complain about a surprise result.

Game 6 Eastern Conference Finals: Miami Heat at Boston Celtics at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT

The Celtics are in the same position the Thunder were but they are facing a Heat team without the championship experience and mental toughness of the Spurs. We seem to be headed for a Thunder vs. Celtics match up in the NBA Finals.

Here's the remaining schedule for the 2012 NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Finals Series (all times in ET):


Game 7: Saturday, June 9 at Miami, 8:30 p.m.*

* If necessary

For more on the Spurs, visit Pounding The Rock. while Thunder fans should visit Welcome To Loud City. Celtics homers can head over to Celtics Blog, while for more on the Heat check out Peninsula Is Mightier

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NBA Playoff Schedule and Update: Celtics And Thunder One Game Away From Finals

It's pretty hard to believe that both the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Boston Celtics are both just one home game away from meeting in the 2012 NBA Finals. Who predicted that? But it's not over yet, and we certainly shouldn't be surprised is the San Antonio Spurs win Game 6 and bring the series home for what could be an epic Game 7. How fun would that be?

WCF Game 6 San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT on TNT

Here's the remaining schedule for the 2012 NBA Playoff Western Conference Finals Series (all times in ET):

Game 7: Friday, June 9 at San Antonio, 9:00 p.m. ET*

Here's the remaining schedule for the 2012 NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Finals Series (all times in ET):

Game 6: Thursday, June 7 at Boston, 8:30 p.m.
Game 7: Saturday, June 9 at Miami, 8:30 p.m.*

* If necessary

For more on the Spurs, visit Pounding The Rock. while Thunder fans should visit Welcome To Loud City. Celtics homers can head over to Celtics Blog, while for more on the Heat check out Peninsula Is Mightier

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NBA Playoff Schedule And Update: Shocker In San Antonio

Well now, we certainly did see that coming. The Oklahoma City Thunder jumped up and smacked down the San Antonio Spurs who many (us included) thought would waltz through to the NBA Finals in 2012. Instead, the Thunder won Game 5 on the road and now lead 3-2 in their Western Conference Finals series.

Right down to the last second, it seemed like the Spurs would pull a magic trick out of their hat. Phoenix Suns fans everywhere surely thought Tim Duncan would take and make a game-tying three and they had to be convinced that Manu Ginobili's final heave would go in. They didn't, and instead it was former Sun Devil James Harden who hit the big shot late in the game.

Eastern Conference Finals Game 5: Boston Celtics at Miami Heat at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT on ESPN

The Celtics will face the Heat on the road and with Chris Bosh back in the lineup. They will try and slow down Miami while pushing the ball to get some easy buckets for Rajon Rondo in transition. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade remain the keys for Miami. As always, if those two both play great, the Heat win.

Here's the remaining schedule for the 2012 NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Finals Series (all times in ET):

Game 6: Thursday, June 7 at Boston, 8:30 p.m.
Game 7: Saturday, June 9 at Miami, 8:30 p.m.*

Here's the remaining schedule for the 2012 NBA Playoff Western Conference Finals Series (all times in ET):

Game 6: Wednesday, June 6 Oklahoma City, 9:00 p.m. ET
Game 7: Friday, June 9 at San Antonio, 9:00 p.m. ET*

* If necessary

For more on the Spurs, visit Pounding The Rock. while Thunder fans should visit Welcome To Loud City. Celtics homers can head over to Celtics Blog, while for more on the Heat check out Peninsula Is Mightier

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NBA Playoff Schedule And Update: All Tied Up, Stern Happy

After a fun weekend of NBA Playoff basketball, both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals are all tied up with the homes teams each winning two games. The games have gotten very good and fans should be thrilled they are getting longer, competitive series. Certainly NBA commissioner David Stern and his bean counters are pleased to see more revenue-generating playoff basketball.

Both series now head back to where they started where the pressure shifts to the favored teams: the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat.

Game 5 WCF: Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT

Here's the remaining schedule for the 2012 NBA Playoff Western Conference Finals Series (all times in ET):

Game 5: Monday, June 5 at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. ET
Game 6: Wednesday, June 6 Oklahoma City, 9:00 p.m. ET
Game 7: Friday, June 9 at San Antonio, 9:00 p.m. ET*

Here's the remaining schedule for the 2012 NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Finals Series (all times in ET):

Game 5: Tuesday, June 5 at Miami, 8:30 p.m.
Game 6: Thursday, June 7 at Boston, 8:30 p.m.
Game 7: Saturday, June 9 at Miami, 8:30 p.m.*

* If necessary

For more on the Spurs, visit Pounding The Rock. while Thunder fans should visit Welcome To Loud City. Celtics homers can head over to Celtics Blog, while for more on the Heat check out Peninsula Is Mighti

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NBA Playoff Schedule And Updates: Celtics Try Hard, Fall Short; What Else Can Thunder Do?

The Boston Celtics understood that if they were going to win their 2012 NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Finals series against the Miami Heat they would need to steal a game on the road. They saw how important it was for the Dallas Mavericks in last year's finals to win Game 2 in Miami and they played like a desperate team...and fell short.

Rajon Rondo, a guy often rumored to be on the trading block, was amazing: 44 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds while playing all 53 minutes of the overtime game. The Heat were just a tad bit better with LeBron James (34 points) and Dwyane Wade (23 points) again carrying their team.

This game was likely the Celtics best chance at winning the series which now heads back to Boston for Game 3 on Friday.

San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT on TNT

We know the Spurs have no problem winning on the road (as evidenced by their 20-game win streak) but the Thunder have played far better at home this season. But it's not clear what, if any, adjustments OKC can make that the Spurs won't be able to match and beat. Maybe they will get a spark from the crowd and simply hit more shots and play that much harder. It could be a fun game, but so far this series hasn't been as close as some predicted.

Here's the remaining schedule for the 2012 NBA Playoff Western Conference Finals Series (all times in ET):

Game 4: Saturday, June 2 at Oklahoma City, 9:00 p.m. ET
Game 5: Monday, June 5 at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. ET*
Game 6: Wednesday, June 6 Oklahoma City, 9:00 p.m. ET*
Game 7: Friday, June 9 at San Antonio, 9:00 p.m. ET*

Here's the remaining schedule for the 2012 NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Finals Series (all times in ET):

Game 3: Friday, June 1 at Boston, 8:30 p.m.
Game 4: Sunday, June 3 at Boston, 8:30 p.m.
Game 5: Tuesday, June 5 at Miami, 8:30 p.m.*
Game 6: Thursday, June 7 at Boston, 8:30 p.m.*
Game 7: Saturday, June 9 at Miami, 8:30 p.m.*

For more on the Spurs, visit Pounding The Rock. while Thunder fans should visit Welcome To Loud City. Celtics homers can head over to Celtics Blog, while for more on the Heat check out Peninsula Is Mightier.

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NBA Playoff Schedule And Update: Spurs Dominate Again; Celtics Hope Rest Revives

It's too soon to call the 2012 San Antonio Spurs the best team ever, but what they are doing so far in the 2012 NBA Playoffs certainly has to open the conversation. They rolled over an Oklahoma City Thunder team to a 120-111 and handled every trick in the book OKC could throw at them.

San Antonio seemingly incorporated some elements of the Phoenix Suns quick attack / pick and roll offense and have become an unstoppable scoring machine. Defensively, they aren't the best in the league but they are smart and committed and get the job done. Folks, the Spurs are GOOD.

Boston Celtics at Miami Heat on Wednesday, May 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT on ESPN

Boston ran out of gas in the second half of their Game 1 loss to the Heat. We'll find out if a couple days rest can make the difference. It's doubtful.

Here's the remaining schedule for the 2012 NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Finals Series (all times in ET):

Game 3: Friday, June 1 at Boston, 8:30 p.m.
Game 4: Sunday, June 3 at Boston, 8:30 p.m.
Game 5: Tuesday, June 5 at Miami, 8:30 p.m.*
Game 6: Thursday, June 7 at Boston, 8:30 p.m.*
Game 7: Saturday, June 9 at Miami, 8:30 p.m.*

Here's the remaining schedule for the 2012 NBA Playoff Western Conference Finals Series (all times in ET):

Game 3: Thursday, May 31 at Oklahoma City, 9:00 p.m. ET
Game 4: Saturday, June 2 at Oklahoma City, 9:00 p.m. ET
Game 5: Monday, June 5 at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. ET*
Game 6: Wednesday, June 6 Oklahoma City, 9:00 p.m. ET*
Game 7: Friday, June 9 at San Antonio, 9:00 p.m. ET*

For more on the Spurs, visit Pounding The Rock. while Thunder fans should visit Welcome To Loud City. Celtics homers can head over to Celtics Blog, while for more on the Heat check out Peninsula Is Mightier.

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NBA Playoff Conference Finals Schedule: Heat Roll Aging Celtics; Veteran Spurs Look To Dominate Thunder

The Miami Heat had extra rest, were at home and are better than the banged up Boston Celtics. That all played out exactly to script in Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics kept it close in the first half and then ran out of gas. The 93-79 home win for the Heat gives them a 1-0 lead in the series with Game 2 in Miami on Wednesday.

In the Western Conference Finals, the San Antonio Spurs are also the older team, but they are deeper and healthier than Boston. That showed in Game 1 against the Oklahoma City Thunder with their ability to close a fourth quarter gap with bench play and then close out the game on the back of Manu Ginobili.

Game 2: Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT on TNT

Neither of these teams played great in Game 1 and yet it was a great game. Both should be sharper with their shots which could make for a real thriller in Game 2.

Here's the remaining schedule for the 2012 NBA Playoff Western Conference Finals Series (all times in ET):

Game 3: Thursday, May 31 at Oklahoma City, 9:00 p.m. ET
Game 4: Saturday, June 2 at Oklahoma City, 9:00 p.m. ET
Game 5: Monday, June 5 at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. ET*
Game 6: Wednesday, June 6 Oklahoma City, 9:00 p.m. ET*
Game 7: Friday, June 9 at San Antonio, 9:00 p.m. ET*

Here's the remaining schedule for the 2012 NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Finals Series (all times in ET):

Game 2: Wednesday, May 30 at Miami, 8:30 p.m.
Game 3: Friday, June 1 at Boston, 8:30 p.m.
Game 4: Sunday, June 3 at Boston, 8:30 p.m.
Game 5: Tuesday, June 5 at Miami, 8:30 p.m.*
Game 6: Thursday, June 7 at Boston, 8:30 p.m.*
Game 7: Saturday, June 9 at Miami, 8:30 p.m.*

For more on the Spurs, visit Pounding The Rock. while Thunder fans should visit Welcome To Loud City. Celtics homers can head over to Celtics Blog, while for more on the Heat check out Peninsula Is Mightier.

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NBA Playoff Schedule And Update: Pacers Can't Hang; Can Philly?

LeBron James was brilliant. Dwyane Wade was insanely terrific. But the Indiana Pacers got knocked out of the 2012 NBA Playoffs (at home) because they couldn't execute their offense against the Miami Heat. Some of that is good defense from Miami but a lot of it is a young team that lacked to cohesion and experience to take advantage of their many advantages.

The Heat didn't beat the Pacers. The Pacers failed to play up to their potential and that's always difficult to watch. They should have won and therefore I stand by my prediction, Pacers in seven.

NBA Playoff Schedule:

Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on ABC

Conventional wisdom has the Celtics winning at home and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat. Clearly that would be the better match up for ratings and history and what not, but the Sixers might just be able to pull out the upset if they can take better advantage of the Celtics injuries as they did at home in Game 6.

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NBA Playoff Schedule And Updates: Thunder Drain Lakers, Celtics Kick Bass

The Los Angeles Lakers were ousted in the second round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs in a clear shift of Western Conference power from Kobe Bryant to Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma City Thunder. The Lakers couldn't get the stops they needed to make Kobe's 42 points on 33 shots stand up and they are now done and moving on to bombastic claims and roster questions.

The Thunder won their series 4-1 which gives us the inevitable meeting of the two best teams in the West in the Conference Finals. The Spurs are well-rested, deep, healthy and even seem to be a little hungry. It should be a fun series.

In the East, the slog continues with both series destined to go long as no clear dominant team exists. The Boston Celtics took a 3-2 lead over the Philadelphia 76ers thanks to a huge performance from Brandon Bass. He dropped 18 of his 27 points in the third quarter to lift the Celtics to a 101-85 win. For a Eastern Conference team to break 100 is big news.

Here's the schedule for the 2012 NBA Playoffs for Tuesday:

Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on TNT

With the series tied 2-2, the Heat will try and do what the Celtics did and take a lead over the Pacers but can they really count on 70 combined points from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade again? Indiana needs to stop taking so many outside shots and pound the ball inside to Roy Hibbert and David West.

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NBA Playoff Schedule And Update: LeBron Flashes MVP Game, Spurs Sweep

The 2012 NBA Playoff schedule rolled on through the busy weekend and gave us some historic moments. LeBron James reminded the entire sporting world why he's a three-time MVP. Facing a desperate situation, he dropped 40 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists on the Indiana Pacers to even that series 2-2. Put aside whatever animosity you hold for James' other faults and marvel at that performance.

Also you can blame the Pacers for ignoring their size advantage in the paint and relying too much on Leandro Barbosa. Indiana's depth, however, still should give them an edge against the beat up Heat who can't possibly get 70 points from James and Wade in every game.

Meanwhile, the Spurs don't care about James and don't need one player to be Superman to win games. They are deep and dangerous and have now won 18-straight games, including many late in the season where their best players didn't even dress. San Antonio completed their second sweep of the postseason with a set of back-to-back road wins over the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Borg rolls on.

Not surprisingly, the Oklahoma City Thunder are up 3-1 on the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant was brilliant but Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and James Harden showed that three stars are better than one (and whatever Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are).

The Philadelphia 76ers have locked up the Boston Celtics 2-2 in their series. The Sixers best strategy is to grind down their elderly foes. The longer this series goes, the best for Philly.

2012 NBA Playoff Schedule for Monday:

Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics at 7:00 p.m. on TNT

Each team has won on the road in this series so playing in the "Garden" shouldn't intimidate the Sixers. If they can continue to use their size and athleticism advantage and win the rebounding battle, they can steal Game 5 and take control of the series. Like most of these Eastern Conference games, it will be ugly, but it should also be a grind.

Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder at 9:30 p.m. on TNT

No one can really explain why the Lakers can't get more consistent performances from Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, but maybe Kobe Bryant taking all the shots has something to do with it. Meanwhile, the Thunder penetrate at will and should close out this series in five games on Monday night.

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NBA Playoff Schedule And Update: 76ers Steal Home Court, Pacers Must Do Same

The Philadelphia 76ers did what they needed to do on Monday night and took a game on the road against the Boston Celtics. It was close, 82-81, but they got it done and now that series will almost certainly go long which helps the younger and more athletic Philly team. The other game on the 2012 NBA Playoff Schedule was far less interesting.

The Oklahoma City Thunder stomped the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1, 119-90. While it's always fun for some of us to see Kobe Bryant and his purple and gold crew get beat, the game itself wasn't all that compelling for NBA fans in general.

Here's the NBA Playoff schedule for Tuesday:

Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT on TNT

The Pacers, like the 76ers, have a very good chance of scoring an upset in this series. To do that, however, they need to win Game 2 and even the series heading back home. Chris Bosh didn't play the second half of Game 1 but the Pacers didn't adjust well to his absence. With Bosh out, probably for the series, they need to do a better job adjusting defensively to focus on LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. This should be a good game.

Los Angeles Clippers at San Antonio Spurs at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT on TNT

For good reason, no one things the Clippers have chance in this series. The Spurs, however, have been off for over a week and will almost certainly be rusty early. The Clips only chance is to use their momentum and pounce early but they will still need a pretty big lead to hold off a second half run from the Spurs. This should be a good game if you are a fan of execution basketball.

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