The 2010 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2009-10 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals. Kobe Bryant was named NBA Finals MVP for the second straight year. For the 2nd time in 3 seasons and the first time since 2008, all Western Conference playoff teams had at least 50 wins; the 7 games separating 1–8 was tied for the smallest margin from 2008. Cleveland's 61 wins in the NBA was the smallest win total for best record since the Pacers won 61 in 2004; the Cavaliers' second round playoff exit was the earliest for the top seed since the Dallas Mavericks' first round loss to the Golden State Warriors in 2007. Many teams avenged previous losses by defeating teams; the Spurs defeated the Mavericks. The Cavaliers beat the Bulls for the first time since The Shot; the Suns defeated the Spurs. The Lakers beat the Suns, who defeated them in the first round in 2006 and 2007.
The Celtics defeated the Magic, who eliminated them in 2009. And in the finals, the Lakers beat the Celtics. Game 5 of the Magic-Celtics series was the last game played at Amway Arena; the Magic, who last year upset the top-seeded Cavaliers in 6 after they went 8-0 through the first two rounds went 8-0 through two playoff series, only to suffer the same fate as the Cavaliers last year, losing to Boston in 6. The Cavs loss led to the LeBron James decision to join the Miami Heat; this was the last playoff appearance for the Cavs until 2015 when James returned to Cleveland and, along with Kyrie Irving, faced again his common rivals the Celtics and Bulls. The Charlotte Bobcats made their first playoff appearance in franchise history, the first in the Charlotte NBA team's history since 2002. However, they failed to win a single playoff game in a loss to the Magic in the first round; the Celtics-Cavaliers series marked the first time that each team lost a home playoff game by record margins: Boston lost Game 3 124-95.
The Oklahoma City Thunder made their first playoff appearance since relocating from Seattle in 2008. Games 3, 4 and 6 were the first playoff games played at Ford Center, they made the most of their debut playoff appearance, pushing the eventual champion Lakers to 6 games. The Mavericks would hold the dubious distinction of losing 3 first round series while holding the top 2 playoff seeds, they lost to the seventh-seeded San Antonio Spurs in 6. They have lost a playoff series against the Seattle SuperSonics and the Golden State Warriors; the 3 division winners and 5 other teams with the most wins from each conference qualified for the playoffs. The seedings are based on each team's record; the tiebreakers that determine seedings were: Division leader wins tie from team not leading a division Head-to-head record Division record Conference record Record vs. playoff teams, own conference Record vs. playoff teams, other conference Point differential, all gamesIf there were more than two teams tied, the team that wins the tiebreaker get the highest seed, while the other teams were "re-broken" from the first step until all ties were resolved.
Since the three division winners were guaranteed a spot in the top four, ties to determine the division winners had to be broken before any other ties. — = Not Applicable The team with the better record earned the home-court advantage through any playoff round, regardless of seeding. Teams in bold advanced to the next round; the numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Home court advantage in the NBA Finals does not belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead the team with the better regular season record. * Division winnerBold Series winnerItalic Team with home-court advantage All times are in Eastern Daylight Time This was the sixth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Bulls winning the first five meetings. This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Hornets franchise winning the first meeting.
Note that historical records of the original Charlotte Hornets franchise from 1988–2002 are with the present Hornets/Bobcats franchise since the 2014–15 season. The Atlanta Hawks took control of the series by winning the first 2 games against the Milwaukee Bucks, without star center Andrew Bogut, but the Bucks managed to take the next 3 games, including a shocking Game 5 win in Atlanta, where they overcame a 9-point deficit in the final 4 minutes. However, Atlanta managed to stave off elimination in front of a raucous Bradley Center crowd, coming away with an 83–69 Game
Ivan Amodei is an illusionist. Amodei performs at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and tours internationally with his show Secrets and Illusions. In 1999, Amodei became a regular performer at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. In 2005, he won first place at the International Brotherhood of Magicians Close-Up Competition. In 2005, he won FIRST place at the Society of American Magicians Close-Up Competition, as well as, the People's Choice Award. In 2010, Amodei's book Magic's Most Amazing Stories was published and was nominated by ForeWord Review for book of the year. On October 23, 2010, Amodei opened a one-man show at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, it was named Made in Italy. On December 31, 2010, Amodei did a guest appearance at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills that led to an open run of his show at the hotel; the name of the show was changed to Intimate Illusions. Splash magazine called him a "master in his art." In May 2012, Westlake Magazine included Ivan in their achievers issue.
In June 2012, Amodei received recognition by the honorable Mayor of Beverly Hills William W. Brien M. D. for his contribution to the world of magic and illusion. Amodei lives in Southern California on his ranch with his twin boy and girl and wife. In 2016, he appeared on the season finale of Penn & Teller: Fool Us on which he was determined to have fooled Penn & Teller based on judges' decision. 1995 the Las Vegas Close-Up Classic – First place 1998 International Brotherhood of Magicians – Award of Merit 1999 Pacific Coast Association of Magicians Outstanding Showmanship 1999 Pacific Coast Association of Magicians – First Place 2004 International Brotherhood of Magicians – Award of Merit 2005 International Brotherhood of Magicians – First Place 2005 Society of American Magicians – People's Choice Award 2005 Society of American Magicians – First Place Official website
Roy Wallis was a sociologist and Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the Queen's University Belfast. He is known for his creation of the seven signs that differentiate a religious congregation from a sectarian church, which he created while researching the Church of Scientology, he introduced the distinction between world-rejecting new religious movements. After publishing his book The Road to Total Freedom, an in-depth analysis of the sociology of Scientology, he was harassed by the church both and personally. Forged letters from Wallis, were sent to his colleagues implicating him in various scandalous activities. Roy Wallis Sectarianism: Analyses of Religious and Non-Religious Sects, London: Peter Owen & New York: John Wiley, ISBN 0470919108 Roy Wallis The Road to Total Freedom: A Sociological Analysis of Scientology, London: Heinemann. ISBN 0-435-82916-5. US edition published 1977 by Columbia University Press, ISBN 0-231-04200-0 Roy Wallis and Peter Morley Marginal Medicine, New York: Free Press, ISBN 0029337402 Roy Wallis and Peter Morley Culture and Curing: Anthropological Perspectives on Traditional Medical Beliefs and Practices, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, & London: Peter Owen, ISBN 0822953250 Roy Wallis On the Margins of Science: the Social Construction of Rejected Knowledge, Keele: University of Keele Press, ISBN 0904425061 Roy Wallis Salvation and Protest: Studies of Social and Religious Movements, New York: St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0312698348 Roy Wallis The Elementary Forms of the New Religious Life and Boston: Routledge and Kegan Paul, ISBN 0-7100-9890-1 Roy Wallis, The Road to Total Freedom, A Sociological analysis of Scientology, ISBN 0-231-04200-0 Roy Wallis, The Elementary Forms of the New Religious Life, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, ISBN 0-7100-9890-1