NBA Finals Prediction: Boring
Hoopsvibe's Quick Call: It could be a boring NBA Finals to watch.
Dear Playoff Basketball Gods,
Please don't make us watch the Spurs play the Pacers in the NBA finals.
Now I know I probably upset a lot of people from San Antonio and Indiana, but let's be honest: Who wants to watch those two teams in the finals when we could watch OKC play Miami?
It's not that I don't like the Pacers or the Spurs, I just feel like there are more entertaining teams to watch. Granted, the Spurs have been playing great as a team; they pass well and work hard. They are playing fundamentally sound basketball. And that's all good. But I just don't get the biggest thrill watching Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli make layups or Tim Duncan banking in 15 footers. I'd much rather watch Chris Paul throw a half court alley-oop to Blake Griffin or Dwayne Wade throw one to Lebron.
Bottom line, FUNdamental really isn't that fun to watch.
But the reality is, as it stands today, I think the Spurs have been the best in the West this playoff season and the Pacers the best in the East.
It really goes to show how much of an impact being healthy has on postseason outcome.
We all saw the impact Derrick Rose's injury had on the Bulls, who, at the beginning of the playoff season, were one of the favorites to win. The Lakers have been bothered by injuries as well. The Celtics haven't had a completely healthy Ray Allen and it's extremely obvious that Chris Bosh's injury has created a serious void for Miami.
Conversely, Tim Duncan is playing better than I've ever seen him. Last night, after the Spurs win, Duncan commented on how he feels better physically than he ever has. And he's 36 years old.
The Pacers, too, got a full squad that's just flat out ballin'. West, Hibbard, Granger and George have all been healthy and contributing. Check their box score after any game and you'll see the contributions are fairly spread out. Everyone is scoring and making things happen on the stat sheet. They've had four players score in double-digits in the past two games and they've looked like a better team than the Bosh-less Miami. It's just a fact.
Regardless, I'm still rooting for entertainment.
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