The storyline of the 2016-17 NBA season has been predictable and pretty much a foregone conclusion.
The minute Kevin Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors, it became obvious that we were on a collision course for Round 3 of the Warriors and Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
That’s a good thing. The Warriors and the Cavaliers are by far the best two teams in the league. The storylines and the week wait will almost give the NBA Finals a Super Bowl like feel, and there’s a lot to digest.
The Warriors chance for revenge; Kevin Durant trying to win his first title; and, of course, Lebron James chasing the legacy of Michael Jordan.
We know the Warriors are going to be there after completing a 12-0 start to the postseason with a margin of victory of 16 points per game.
It’s also a question of when, not if, Lebron James and the Cavaliers are going to take down the Isiah Thomas-less Boston Celtics. (Sorry Celtics fans.)
I can’t wait for June 1, but the blessing of the finals has also been the curse of the postseason.
I love the NBA. I love the NBA postseason. But I can’t remember a year where the NBA postseason has been this bad.
The NBA playoffs have consisted of lopsided affairs, zero parity, and absolutely no juice for the nightly slate of games that have been on the calendar since mid-April.
Of course, there have been years in the NBA playoffs where you absolutely knew that two teams were a cut above the rest.
This happened for years in the 80’s with the Lakers and the Celtics, but my problem with this year's postseason is that neither the Cavaliers or the Warriors have faced any adversity whatsoever.
Throughout the postseason, you want to see a team down 2-1 in a series, you want to see how their best players handle the situation. It makes for appointment-viewing television.
That appointment-viewing television has been M.I.A for two months which is not a good thing for the sport.
Do I think the Western Conference finals would have been far more entertaining if it wasn’t for the injury to Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs.
Absolutely, but even with Leonard, the Spurs would’ve been overmatched by the far superior Warriors.
I wish there was an answer to solve the problem the NBA suffers regarding the lack of parity, but solving that problem is easier said than done.
More than any other sport, basketball is built to have superstar players dominate
Why? There are only five players on the court. That one superstar will always rule. From Russell and Wilt to Kareem and Jordan.
That said, the NBA is always at its best when there is at least the illusion that four or five different teams could find their way to a title.
That was not the case in 2016-17.
Considering the lack of sizzle for these NBA playoffs, the finals had better deliver.
Thankfully, I think they will.
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