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  NBA Playoffs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The NBA Playoffs are four rounds of competition between sixteen teams in the Eastern Conference and Western Conferences (called Divisions, pre-1970) of the National Basketball Association.
Each round is a best-of-seven series; the NBA finals are played in a 2-3-2 format, meaning the first two and final two games (if necessary) are played at the court of the team possessing home court advantage, and all other rounds are played in a 2-2-1-1-1 format.
In the first season, 1946-1947, of the NBA (called the BAA until the merger with the NBL in 1949) the top three teams from the Eastern and Western divisions were invited to the playoffs.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/NBA_Playoffs   (1368 words)

 NBA Finals Writing @ LaunchBase.com (Launch Base)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association, played under a best-of-seven playoff format.
The most recent NBA championship, in 2005, was won by the San Antonio Spurs franchise, who beat the defending champion Detroit Pistons in 7 games.
They were particularly dominating in the 2002 Finals, as they kept the lead virtually all the time in every game; only for a short while near the beginning of Game 4 did the New Jersey Nets gain any significant lead in a game.
www.launchbase.com /encyclopedia/NBA_Finals   (3144 words)

 Click2Houston.com - NBA - Eastern Conference Finals Head To The Palace
NBA Defensive Players of the Year Ron Artest also played 40 minutes and ended with 13 points and seven boards.
Detroit is 3-3 all-time in the conference finals.
The last time the Pistons won a conference finals series was in 1990, when Detroit eliminated the Bulls in seven games.
www.click2houston.com /nba/2778815/detail.html   (596 words)

 NBA Conference Finals: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The national basketball association of the united states and canada, commonly known as the nba, is the premier professional basketball league...
The nba playoffs are four rounds of competition between sixteen teams in the eastern conference and western conference (nba)western conferences (called divisions,...
The western conference of the national basketball association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each....
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/n/nb/nba_conference_finals2.htm   (526 words)

 Sports Features Communications™ - Press Point
Overall, the 7-game Eastern Conference Finals series posted a 5.0 cable rating, a 32% increase over the 6-game (Indiana vs. Detroit) series televised on ESPN last year (3.8 cable rating), helping TNT earn a 3.0 overall national cable rating for it's 44 games of coverage.
During the pivotal month of May, the NBA Playoffs boosted TNT to the #1 ad-supported cable network across the board in primetime and among targeted adult demos, including men 18-34, men 18-49 and men 25-54.
Additionally, Game #7 of the Eastern Conference Finals ranked as the #1 television program for the night, beating all of the broadcast and cable in delivery of adults 18-34 (2,741,000), adults 18-49 (5,094,000), men 18-34 (1,847,000), men 18-49 (3,511,000) and men 25-54 (3,345,000).
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 Sportspic.com NBA Conference Finals 2004
The Eastern and Western Conference Finals are now set, after two six-game and two seven-game series in the semifinals round.
The last time both teams without the home court advantage each one their respective Conference Finals and advanced to the NBA Finals was back in 1978.
Interestingly, in the NBA Finals that year, the Bullets went on to beat the Sonics 105-99 in a Game 7 played in Seattle.
www.sportspic.com /basketball/2003_04_NBA_ConfFinals_LN.htm   (1124 words)

 NBA Eastern Conference Finals 2006
Richard Hamilton was the hero of the night for the Pistons, he did a little of everything on offense, and the Pistons swarmed and swatted their way to a dominant defensive performance Saturday night to defeat Miami 91-66 and even the best-of-seven series at three games apiece.
In NBA history, the winner of Game 5 in a series tied 2-2 has gone on to win it 106 of 126 times.
The Miami Heat is on a roll and the Detroit Pistons lose their cool in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference finals where the Dwayne Wade-Shaquille O'Neal led Heat captured a 113-104 victory on Sunday.
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 rediff.com sports: Kings advance to NBA conference finals
The win gives the Kings the best-of-seven series 4-1 and a berth in the final against either the Los Angeles Lakers or the San Antonio Spurs, who continue their series on Tuesday at Los Angeles with the Lakers leading the series 3-1.
Sacramento averaged 114 points in the series and the victory on Monday gives the Kings their first berth in a Western Conference final since 1981.
The Kings, who had the best record in the NBA this season, did not miss second-leading scorer, Peja Stojakovic, who has been out with a sprained ankle since game three of the series.
www.rediff.com /sports/2002/may/14nba.htm   (316 words)

 ESPN.com - NBA/PLAYOFFS2004 - Milestone ratings for NBA conference finals   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
TNT's coverage of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals between Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday was watched in 6.5 million households, the most ever for an NBA playoff game on cable.
The ratings for the six games of the Eastern Conference finals averaged a 3.8, up 36 percent from last year's 2.8 for two games.
The six games of the Western Conference finals averaged a 6.3 rating, up 38 percent from the previous year's 4.6.
sports.espn.go.com /nba/playoffs2004/news/story?id=1815347   (298 words)

 Blogcritics.org: The NBA Conference Finals!
NBA MVP Steve Nash has been playing like some sort of long-haired Canadian superhero of late.
This is the matchup fans of the NBA have been waiting for all season.
The NBA playoffs are about as long as snail marathon.
blogcritics.org /archives/2005/05/21/203307.php   (1163 words)

 InsideHoops.com - NBA Playoffs conference finals - a tale of four cities
Miami, Detroit, Phoenix, and San Antonio are the torch bearers for a league preparing for a summer of uncertainty.
What makes this year's NBA conference finals so unique, is that each team represents a different style of play.
When the Finals begin, it will be a square off between the two best styles in the league.
www.insidehoops.com /style-playoffs-052205.shtml   (884 words)

 NBA.com: Conference Finals Notes & Quotes
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Down five points after three periods, the Spurs used a 31-23 final quarter to grab the victory, including a 7-0 run in the last 2:42.
The NBA's Most Valuable Player recorded 29 points and 15 assists in the contest to become the only player in NBA history to record at least 25 points and 10 assists in four consecutive playoff games.
www.nba.com /playoffs2005/notesandquotes_050525.html?rss=true   (1266 words)

 Only A Game : Show rundown for Saturday, May 18, 2002
We are down to the final four teams.
We further delve into the NBA post-season with the Boston Globe's Bob Ryan.
He envisions a Celtic/Lakers final and he explains why that's the match up that everyone wants anyways.
www.onlyagame.org /shows/2002/05/20020518.asp   (300 words)

 The Post Game:The Best Damn Sports Blog ... Period   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
In the first game of the Western Conference Finals, the Suns were given a rude wakeup call.
The best offense in the NBA has not faced the best defense in a playoff series since 1975.
Guys like Barry, Wilkes, Beard and Ray led their team in their toughest playoff victory en route to an NBA title (The Warriors would go on to sweep the Bullets in the Championship).
www.thepostgame.com /2005/05/nba-playoffs-conference-finals.html   (816 words)

 NBA Conference Finals dimmed by a Brown out - Silver Chips Online
Even though the Detroit Pistons won last night to even their Eastern Conference Finals series with the Miami Heat at 2-2, the man standing in a $1,500 suit coaching them has become a bigger distraction than anybody wearing red on the court.
Brown's lucky that the Pistons players are some of the headiest, classiest and most devoted players in the league, because half of the NBA would have quit on Brown by now.
Even though Phoenix is down 3-1, and no team in NBA history has ever rallied from a 3-0 series deficit to win, the Suns can shift all the pressure back onto San Antonio if they win tonight.
silverchips.mbhs.edu /inside.php?sid=5444   (1426 words)

 USATODAY.com - NBA conference finals to fire up over weekend   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
After a three-day break, the NBA's Final Four resumes with games each day of the Memorial Day weekend.
The San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns resume their Western Conference finals shootout with Game 3 Saturday and Game 4 Monday, and the Miami Heat-Detroit Pistons slugfest picks up again with Game 3 Sunday.
Defense has been the common story line between the two series: the seeming lack of it in the West and the suffocating abundance of it in the East.
www.usatoday.com /sports/basketball/playoffs/2005-05-26-playoff-preview_x.htm   (412 words)

 NBA.com: Conference Finals Notes & Quotes
June 2 -- As we inch closer to The NBA Finals, talk around the water cooler is heating up.
Not only did he do it in the Conference Finals, but he did it against the league leaders in points allowed from the regular season while being guarded by Tim Duncan, one of the top defensive stoppers in the NBA.
You can say they've advanced to the NBA Finals for the third time in seven seasons with what the record books will show to be a fairly routine 4-1 series triumph.
www.nba.com /playoffs2005/notesandquotes_050602.html?rss=true   (1347 words)

 2005 NBA Conference Finals Playoff Preview: Miami versus Detroit and Phoenix versus San Antonio
Two rounds of NBA playoff action are complete and at this point Basketball Spotlight’s prognostication record is roughly equivalent to a 48-34 season—seven correct series predictions (including five which also pegged the exact length of the series) and five incorrect picks.
Playoff season is also clichĂ© season, so it should be noted that Basketball Spotlight “stepped up” in the Conference Semifinals round, selecting the winner in three of the four series, in two cases also nailing the exact number of games.
Miami’s roster is constructed like many previous NBA champions—two stars (Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade) surrounded by excellent complementary players who know their roles and fill them without complaint.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/basketball_spotlight/116054   (400 words)

 Drunken Audible: NBA Jive: Conference Finals   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Namely the Conference Finals and what should have proven (we're already to Game 3 in the West and Game 2 in the East) to be some of the most intriguing playoff matchups since the Lakers and Kings in the Western Conference Finals a few years ago.
They are just too used to playing all the rest of the CBA teams that occupy the Eastern conference.
Shaq is hurt (and have you noticed how quickly he got out of shape after his injury) and Wade is getting some real defense (though he may just be the best at breaking down a defense in the league).
www.drunkenaudible.com /2005/05/nba_jive_confer.html   (408 words)

 NBA Finals' Ratings Sink on ABC
Household ratings for Game Two of the NBA Finals on ABC on Sunday night in which the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Detroit Pistons, were down 36 percent from last year's Game Two, reaching only a 6.9.
The household ratings' average for the first two games of the finals on ABC are averaging a 7.0, down 32 percent from last year, when the Pistons played the Los Angeles Lakers in the finals.
The final game of the Eastern Conference finals produced a cable rating of 7.5, which is comparable to a U.S. [broadcast] rating of 6.2.
www.mediaweek.com /mw/news/recent_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000956870   (291 words)

 HERE GOES NOTHING   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
This Lakers group, which will only be intact for one year (what with the declining age and talent of Malone), may also be one of the best ever.
However, the T'wolves have never even got past the first round of the playoffs, and when they do, and are within 4 games of reaching the finals, they will bring their A+ game.
VIEW: As great as the conference finals games between the Lakers and Wolves were, this finals series will be a bit of a letdown.
www.wright.edu /~sloan.4/nbapredictions.htm   (437 words)

 NBA Finals (Best of 7)
The finals go to Game 7, owners and players agree on a new labor contract, but playoff ratings are sagging.
Arnie risen: after almost cruising to an NBA finals sweep, the Rochester Royals found themselves in a fight for their lives in a historic Game 7 vs. the New York Knicks.
NBA basketball finals were not very, very good to ABC: Nets-Spurs contest was least-watched Finals ever.
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 2005 NBA Conference Finals
The Phoenix Suns have risen from the bottom and are now just 4 wins from the NBA Finals.
However, seeing the finals, expect Shaq to heal faster as his play will be the ultimate difference in this series.
Expect this one to be close through out as well as this one will swing back and forth with each side taking at least one game on the others court.
www.sportsecyclopedia.com /tank/nba/nba05confinals.html   (234 words)

 2004 NBA Conference Finals
Going into the playoffs the Timberwolves had not won a playoff series and now they are in the Western Conference Finals along the way Kevin Garnett grew up and learned how to win, justifying his MVP season.
However the Lakers have been there done that for the Wolves greater things may be ahead in 2005 or 2006, but for the Lakers the time is now.
The man in the middle of this series is Pacers Coach Rick Carlisle who led the Pistons to the Conference Finals last year only to be swept, beating his old team would beat sweet revenge.
www.sportsecyclopedia.com /tank/nba/nba04confinals.html   (166 words)

 NBA.com: Conference Finals Quotables
May 23 -- As we inch closer to The NBA Finals, talk around the water cooler is heating up.
In pitting the two teams against each other in the West Conference Finals, everybody expected a showdown between a pair of polar opposites.
The Spurs neutralized the Suns' home-court advantage thanks to a monstrous 43-point final period in which star forward Tim Duncan notched 11 points in 11 minutes and Brent Barry, who struggled in the conference semifinals, tallied 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting, including three threes.
www.nba.com /playoffs2005/quotables_050523.html?rss=true   (1270 words)

 AllSports' NBA News - NBA Finals Previews   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Well, it's that time once again, to recap my predictions of the NBA Conference Finals, and tell you what I see in the cards for the Finals.
Therefore, I was 1-1 in these Conference Finals, which you can add to what is now my three-round total and get 10-4.
And now that my self-esteem is boosted for the next seven minutes, it's time to tell you who I think will win the NBA Finals and why.
www.allsports.com /cgi-bin/showstory.cgi?story_id=31448   (479 words)

 ESReality.com - (Archive) NBA: Western Conference Finals   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
NBA: Western Conference Finals (18 comments: Threaded, Flat)
2 of the most exciting teams in the NBA are facing off in the Western Confrence Finals.
This is their first time in the conference finals.
www.esreality.com /?a=post&id=168172   (1461 words)

 NBA.com: FINALS 2002
During NBA Playoffs 2002, we asked reserve forward Mark Madsen to give us the inside scoop on the Lakers by answering fan questions from time to time.
With the frenzied pace of the seven-game series between the Lakers and the Kings, he didn't have a chance to sit down and give them some thought until now.
But the second-year Stanford product had plenty to say about the Western Conference Finals, his teammates and his approach to the game, so we wanted to share his answers.
www.nba.com /finals2002/answers_madsen2.html   (1531 words)

 Live betting: NBA - Conference Finals
The Los Angeles Lakers advanced to the Western Conference Finals with an 88-76 win in Game 6 of their series against the San Antonio Spurs on
Garnett, on his 28th birthday, had 32 points, 21 rebounds and five blocks in what could be described as one of the greatest performances of his career.
To reach the NBA Finals, the Lakers will have to win at least one game on the road against a Minnesota team that had never advanced past the first round of the playoffs before this season.
www.gamblinggates.com /Print/NBA_ConferenceFinals8387.html   (625 words)

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