View Full Version : Tough Playoff Schedules=Success?

04-18-2011, 11:10 PM
For the past few years, i've noticed a trend.. Teams who win with a tougher early playoff schedule tend to manhandle supposedly "better" teams that had an easier route.. Is it because teams are conditioned with tough opponents, and the team with the easy path is unable to turn up the intensity to play with the "conditioned team?"

Examples(I apologize for using teams in the Eastern Conference, if someone can contribute Western Conference teams that fit the scenario that would be appreciated.)

2010 LA Lakers
OKC(tough series) - Utah - Phoenix

2010 Boston Celtics
Heat - Cavaliers(tougher series) - beat the Magic

2009 Orlando Magic -
76ers - Celtics(tougher series) - beat the Cavaliers

2008 Boston Celtics -
Atlanta - Cleveland(tougher series) - beat Detroit

It seems that teams that have had a tough playoff series tend to do well against opponents with easier paths into the round.

04-18-2011, 11:20 PM
Last year the Lakers destroyed Phoenix and Utah after having a tough time with OKC.

04-18-2011, 11:51 PM
The Suns went to 6 games with the Lakers just like your Thunder.. how is that a tough series with OKC but not with PHX.. :facepalm:

I think tough roads through the playoffs sometimes do lead to success but thats not always the case.

04-19-2011, 12:48 AM
Teams who know how to win know how to win, regardless of who they play.

04-19-2011, 01:56 AM
Yeah, it works when the tough series is the conference finals too. I really don't see how this is a eureka moment. :rolleyes:

04-19-2011, 02:14 AM
I think it keeps the teams on their game more. If you blow out teams easily in the first round or second round. Some teams might get over confident or lose their edge.

04-19-2011, 02:20 AM
Agree, the Magic lost Game 1 & 3 vs Philly, went 7 with Boston and got to the Finals. In comparison, they ran over the Cats & Hawks 8-0 last season and were in shock when playing a great team in Boston... You need to be challenged.

04-19-2011, 02:52 AM
Yea I'd much rather for the Lakers to get tested in a couple rounds than just cruise thru teams... I'm glad it looks like the Hornets will give LA a challenge..so it'll wake them up..

04-19-2011, 02:57 AM
I think it's the schedule that throws teams off. Sometimes a team that swept a team in 4 games have to wait another 3 games (usually 8 days) till they face their opponent. 8 days is a long time.

04-19-2011, 10:50 PM
Yeah, it works when the tough series is the conference finals too. I really don't see how this is a eureka moment. :rolleyes:

It sure seems like it after this post, in every example I gave, the stated "tough series," was never the Conference Finals.....


04-19-2011, 10:53 PM

04-20-2011, 12:02 AM
No. The better team usually wins in a 7 game series.