BY Ashley Viator
The Celtics beat Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games in the second round of the playoffs. They are now playing Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. The key for the Celtics in the series against Cleveland was how Rajon Rondo and the rest of the team played. They looked like they were having fun playing basketball. Cleveland had a difficult time finding a player that could defend Rondo; Lebron James even said that he would defend Rondo. If you’ve ever seen Rondo, he’s really fast, and he’s little too. Oh yeah and not to mention the fact that he’s like a robber, stealing the ball from opposing players (he did lead the NBA in steals the whole season). Another key for the Celtics in the Cleveland series was that all the players were healthy, and that will be a key factor in the series against Orlando. Most of the team was hit with the injury bug during the regular season, so staying healthy during the playoffs is very important, especially if Boston wants to see another banner raised to the rafters, and another parade. A surprise, but a pleasant one at that is how some of the bench players have been playing. One of those players is Tony Allen. Tony Allen is not a player that gets a regular amount of playing time, during the regular season, and when he does play he does make an impact. He is a very good defensive player, so he’s very helpful on the defensive side of the game. You’ll probably see Tony Allen in the game if there is a sizeable lead in the closing minutes of the quarters. Nate Robinson really hasn’t been seen that much either, and Rasheed Wallace, who many questioned throughout the regular season, also seems to be having some good games in the playoffs. Below you will find the Eastern Conference playoff Schedule Courtesy of Celtics.com
2010 Postseason – Eastern Conference Finals
ESPN- Game 3 Saturday, May 22 Orlando Magic 8:30 p.m.
ESPN- Game 4Monday, May 24 Orlando Magic 8:30 p.m.
ESPN- Game 5*Wednesday, May 26@ Orlando Magic 8:30 p.m.
ESPN- Game 6*Friday, May 28Orlando Magic 8:30 p.m.
ESPN- Game 7*Sunday, May 30@ Orlando Magic 8:30 p.m.