The NBA Playoffs are all consuming and that is a good thing. There are great games, great plays and great match ups every night. There are also great story lines to follow and, to keep with our current NBA Playoff trends, here is what we are following through the second-round of the postseason…
Prolonging the Inevitable
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors may only be up 1-0 in their respective series but all things considered, we can likely just punch each of their tickets to the conference finals. LeBron James nearly ended the Cavs’ series with the Toronto Raptors before halftime of Game 1 with this off-the-backboard dunk and even though Gordon Hayward is gorgeous, the Utah Jazz just don’t have enough to keep up with Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and the Splash Brothers.
Don’t Sleep on San Antonio
The first game of the Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs series was all Rockets, with James Harden leading the Rockets to a 27-point victory. Houston shot a mind-numbing 22 for 50 from three-point distance and while many around the league think San Antonio should be in panic mode, something tells me Greg Popovich isn’t as concerned. Something else, that being the Vegas betting lines where the Spurs are five-point favorites in Game 2, also likely means that the Spurs aren’t as dead as some may think.
Better Than March Madness?
Maybe I am late to the party but last night, while watching Game 2 of the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards’ second-round series, I thought, “Man, the NBA Playoffs might be better than March Madness.” This was the first time in my life that I had even dared to have this thought. Until last night, I was March Madness’ biggest fan Isaiah Thomas’ 53-point effort to take a 2-0 series lead was the straw that had me questioning everything I thought I knew.
An Argument for the Madness
While the NBA has more games and scoring compared to the NCAA Tournament, March Madness does have one thing that the NBA does not, unpredictability. How many teams have a shot at winning it all once they make the NCAA Tournament? A half dozen? Ten? That depends who you ask but ask anyone, except maybe a stubborn Boston Celtics fan, and there are only two teams that arguably have a shot to win this year’s NBA Finals. Regardless, I’d still take seven games of Cleveland vs. Golden State or seven games of LeBron versus anyone over March Madness.