We have waited, and now we can enjoy the disappointment. Well, maybe not enjoy it.
The NBA Playoffs, from the “close games” perspective, have been dreck. The not-so-subtle confluence of super teams versus the good but not great.
But the Finals were supposed to be different….
Yet, as I scroll through Twitter, all my eyes meet are complaints about spending hours of one’s life watching yet another blowout.
I get it. I was never sure these Finals would be that close. (Don’t believe me, listen to Show 19 on ITunes or the Spreaker App.)
There wasn’t much competition last year until the Draymond Green suspension. Add to it that Steph Curry’s ankle just wasn’t right. And even with that, the series could have ended in five games.
Now, add the second best player on the planet to the mix, with a healthy Steph, a less-likely-to-be-suspended Draymond, and–for an added bonus–a streaking Klay Thompson.
Serious question: what does anyone truly expect?
LeBron had a triple-double and the Cavs got crushed.
Think about it: the Warriors have four of the top twenty players in the league. FOUR!
LeBron’s best support is Kyrie Irving. Who among the four Warriors I named would you trade to acquire Kyrie? None.
As for the League…
I’m not sure how bad this is for the NBA on a macro level. Every year only a handful of teams (if that many) actually start the season with a real chance to win it all.
Most people, especially those without true fan allegiances, watch the games to see the greatest athletes playing at the highest level. Even in a blowout, we can appreciate KD or Steph or LeBron.
On a micro level, maybe some people chose not to tune in Wednesday night, even though the series is moving to Cleveland, and that offers some hope for competition…even if it’s quite possibly false hope.