Orlando Magic Aiming for History, Phoenix Suns Searching for Series Lead

Denton RamseySenior Analyst IMay 27, 2010

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 26:  J.J. Redick #7 of the Orlando Magic reacts after he made a 3-point shot in the first half against the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 26, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Who would’ve thought we’d still be watching NBA conference finals games this late in May?

Not many.

After the Los Angeles Lakers took a 2-0 lead heading to Phoenix, and the Boston Celtics claimed a commanding 3-0 lead over Orlando, most people were already penciling in yet another classic Lakers-Celtics NBA Finals showdown.

It appears that the Magic and the Suns have a different outcome in mind. And so far, they’re leaving the rest of us wondering who’s a contender and who’s a pretender.

These next few days will tell the tale, with the Western Conference Finals likely going seven games, while the way the East is currently shaping out, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that one go the distance as well.

Personally, I can’t wait to watch these next few games.

Can the Magic make history by becoming the first team in the NBA to comeback and win a series after falling behind 3-0?

Can the Suns continue their winning momentum, and steal a win in LA?

Or will both the Lakers and Celtics clamp down, and finish off their opponents?

One thing is certain: These series are entertaining again.

This summer may center on LeBron James, but right now, hoops fans are still glued to the NBA Playoffs.

After the higher-seeded Lakers took a 2-0 advantage in the Western Conference Finals, and the No. 3 Celtics went up 3-0 over the second-seeded Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals, it appeared as though the 2010 Finals would be a cakewalk for LA and Boston.

The Magic and Suns are proving otherwise—and I love it.

Will the underdogs finish off their rally and win? I’d love to see it happen. Plus, it’s the NBA—where AMAZING happens.


Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com.