2010 NBA Playoffs: Can We Expect Any Shocking First-Round Upsets?

April 16th, 2010 by Samuel Bell Jr Leave a reply »
Finally, the NBA season is over, and the usual suspects have once again reigned over the 82-game schedule, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers.

Amongst their dominance, something feels different about this year's impending postseason.

The Lakers stumble into the playoffs having lost four of their last seven and are only 4-6 in their last 10 games. Cleveland has lost five of their last seven and are also 4-6 in their last 10 games.

Both teams spent most of April without their star players, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, but their inconsistency may hurt them entering the playoffs.

The Cavaliers have played their last five games without James and lost four of them, so his presence is sure to catapult that offense back to elite status.

Kobe and the Lakers on the other hand haven't fared so well whether their superstar guard was in the lineup or not.

In three disappointing losses at the end of March to Oklahoma City, New Orleans, and Atlanta, Kobe and his teammates looked lost, disinterested, and looking ahead to the playoffs.

April may not be a very nice place for the Lakers if they don't get ...

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