NBA Playoff Preview –
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota
Indiana vs. Detroit
Series schedule ans results
The two teams with the best records in the East play for the right to represent the conference in the NBA Finals, as the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons meet in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.
The Pacers, who won the Central Division, finished seven games ahead of division rival Detroit in the regular season and own the homecourt advantage in this series.
Indiana head coach Rick Carlisle hopes to get some revenge on his former squad. In a move that shocked the basketball world, Pistons president Joe Dumars fired Carlisle after the Pistons were swept in last year’s Eastern Conference finals by the New Jersey Nets, replacing him with Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown, who is a former head coach of the Pacers. Carlisle had led Detroit to the best record in the Eastern Conference during the 2002-03 regular season and a second straight 50-win campaign. In his first season as the team’s head man, he was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2001-02 for orchestrating an 18-win turnaround…
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The Los Angeles Lakers continue their quest to capture their fourth NBA championship in five years, as they square off with the top- seeded Minnesota Timberwolves in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals.
This is the second time that the teams have met in the playoffs. In the first round of the 2003 postseason, the Lakers eliminated the Timberwolves in six games.
Minnesota is appearing in the conference finals for the first time in franchise history. The Timberwolves, who are 6-1 at home in this year’s playoffs, own the homecourt advantage in this series…