Bumps in the road
It didn't take long to encounter the first bump in the road as a upstart Atlanta squad pushed Boston to seven games in the opening round and Boston barely escaped. Rivers could finally breath easy, his team proved it could respond when the opposing team punched back.
Fast-forward to 2010 and the Magic, Boston's opponent in the Eastern Conference Finals, hasn't been particularly challenged in more than a month Orlando has won 14 straight games, including eight straight in the postseason, and hasn't tasted defeated since an April 2 loss in San Antonio. The Magic haven't lost at Amway Arena, site of Sunday's Game 1, since March 14 against Charlotte.
Having not played in nearly a week and unchallenged since about April 24 (a 90-86 triumph in Game 3 of a first-round sweep over Charlotte), should Stan Van Gundy be concerned?
"I hope so," said Rivers. "I can tell you that. But I don't know. They've already gone through stuff. They struggled in patches this year -- not many, but they did have to get their act together because of all the changes [to their roster]. That was adversity on its own. But I don't know. But I hope [they do struggle with it]."
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