We have an NBA playoff par and it’s boring

Several series in the NBA playoffs, including the Miami-Boston game.  Multiple explosions appeared.

Several series in the NBA playoffs, including the Miami-Boston game. Multiple explosions appeared.
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For those who are sick of winning Golden State Warriors and LeBron James all the time, you finally have what you want in the NBA: parity. Going to the playoffs, there were no fewer than six teams that had a legitimate chance of winning the tournament. But one question: Was it fun?

A parity like this is unusual in the NBA because talent usually wins in basketball, especially in a better-of-seven streak. Unlike football and baseball, the best players are always on the field and make an impact in nearly every game. In baseball, your best hitter takes the pile every five days, maybe a little less in the post-season, and your best hitter rarely has more than five chances in the game to create rounds. In football, the midfielder has the most impact of any player on the field, but he’s still only on the field for about half of the game. A great run touches the ball a maximum of 35 times in a 60-game game, which is a great day for a wide receiver if he’s been targeted 14 times. Aaron Donald – the best defensive player in the NFL – is surrounded by three people who are bigger than him for most of the game.

In basketball, Draymond Green is the fulcrum of both the Golden State Warriors’ attack and defense. For the Miami Heat, Jimmy Butler leads them in scoring at one end of the ground, and acts like a construction worker with a stop sign on the other end. Luka Dončić can get anywhere he wants in attack and in defense…at least there. That’s why Jayson Tatum affects the game in a way that Mike Trout never will, and MLB’s best of seven is more than just an NBA game.

There have been many great players in the NBA playoffs, but many of them are on teams with incomplete rosters. Combine that with infection What came with this parity was not a large number of matches decided by a single possession with a few seconds remaining in the game. They’ve been mostly blasts, especially since the 7s of the second round – and the two weren’t as closely rivaled.

The Dallas Mavericks played four consecutive games in these playoffs without a margin of victory or defeat under 25 points. The Boston Celtics won Game Seven against the Milwaukee Bucks by 28, with two Eastern Conference Final victories against the Heat. However, the series tied 2-2, and the Celtics dropped by 20 points or more in both losses.

When the teams are what they were during these playoffs, it actually makes the results more random. Take the Sunday Night 4 game, 102-82, the Celtics would have won by 100 points because the Heat were not in any competition at any point. The Heat didn’t score a field goal in the first quarter until Victor Oladipo hit the 3 pointer with three minutes and 22 seconds left in the first quarter. The score before that basket was 18-1. A graphic appeared during the game that showed the longest team to go without a field goal in a playoff match since 2009. The attacking performance that reeked historically came from a team that scored 39 points in the previous game, 48 hours ago. in the first quarter.

The Mavericks’ post-season run relied almost entirely on 3-point shooting. In the last two games of their second-round win over the Phoenix Suns, they have averaged a total of 35 seconds and shot better than 40 percent from outside the arc as a team. In two of the Mavericks’ three losses to the Warriors, they’ve fired less than 30 percent from the 3-point streak. After touching down 3-0 to the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, they made a 20-second 3 with an average of 46.5 percent in Game 4 to extend the streak again. Prior to that, they were shooting 32.6 percent of the 3 for the series.

During the Heat’s second-round win over the Philadelphia 76ers, other than Joel Embiid missed the first two games after suffering a concussion and breaking his face in an explosion during the previous round, the biggest difference in games the 76ers won was a 3. shooting point. A team not known for its long-range threats has shot 48.5 percent of 3 in consecutive games. The Heat, one of the league’s top three-pointing teams, have shot less than 25 percent from there in consecutive games.

Thank God for the Warriors A series against the Grizzlies, which includes those three unfortunate matches that Ja Morant missed, as well as six of the seven Bucks-Celtics games. Without them, these playoffs would not have been worth watching once Jose Alvarado no longer bothered Chris Paul and the Grizzlies and the Minnesota Timberwolves stopped playing a series where logical basketball didn’t exist. Also, the Celtics might not have been in the conference finals even without Bucks second-star Khris Middleton getting hurt in the previous round, or if the Bucks had a better rating without Brooke Lopez losing most of the season to injury. .

This is what parity looks like in the NBA. When there are a lot of teams that are good enough to win the championship, it means that there are no great teams. When there are no great teams, less greatness is shown during the biggest stage of the NBA. Instead, the games turn into 3-point contests, or foul parties, if the officials decide to become the stars of the show, or if a team takes their talent away from MonStared for one night.

Many of the stars in the league now are youngsters so hopefully they will become great teams with some good management decisions like the Grizzlies and Mavericks. Hopefully, a team that could have been as great as the Bucks will not suffer injuries to decide their fate. But we must all admit that in the NBA, parity bites.