Los Angeles Lakers clinch spot in NBA Finals

The Los Angeles Lakers are the NBA’s 2008 Western Conference Finals Champions.  The Lakers knocked off the 2007 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs 4-1, closing out the series at home in Game 5.  Kobe Bryant was the series MVP in leading his squad past the Spurs, now the Lakers are on to the 2008 NBA Finals.

The Lakers will either play the Boston Celtics or the Detroit Pistons; Boston currently leads their Eastern Conference series 3-2.  The Lakers will have to travel Games 1 & 2 whether they are playing the Pistons or the Celtics, because both Eastern teams finished with better regular season records.  The first home game in Los Angeles will be played on Tuesday, June 10th.  The format for the NBA Finals is 2-3-2, which means the first two games will be home games for the Eastern Conference Champs, the Western Conference Champions (Lakers) will host games 3, 4 & 5, and the last two are East.

Schedule for 2008 NBA Finals:
Game 1: Thursday, June 5th in Boston @ 9 p.m.
Game 2: Sunday, June 8th in Boston @ 9 p.m.
Game 3: Tuesday, June 10th in Los Angeles @ 6 p.m.
Game 4: Thursday, June 12th in Los Angeles @ 6 p.m.
Game 5: Sunday, June 15th in Los Angeles @ 6 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 6: Sunday, June 17th in Boston @ 9 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 7: Thursday, June 19th in Boston @ 9 p.m. (if necessary)
* The schedule above was updated to reflect the Boston Celtics clinching the East.

Kobe Bryant NBA Finals
Kobe Bryant and the Lakers are in the 2008 NBA Finals.
(Photo courtesy: NBA.com)

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