I was on vacation this past week, which made it easier to watch almost every minute of the NBA Finals. I am pretty fascinated with the whole series but it is missing one key item:
Can you believe two teams that are as evenly matched as San Antonio and Miami cannot get it together to play well on the same night? We've had five games now, with the Spurs leading 3-2, and only Game One was close. I was watching with my two oldest sons last night -- one going for Miami, one for San Antonio -- and they both bailed out with a minute left in the fourth quarter and the Spurs up by 11. I couldn't blame them. This is a series in which watching the final minute has only mattered once.
Two teams with a Big Three. Future hall of famers everywhere you look. And yet it's a series severely lacking in big late-game moments, because the two teams keep playing close first halves and then taking turns blowing one another out in the third quarter.
It's great theater in the first half and then a steady trickling away of drama from there -- a movie with a fine setup and an ending that makes you leave the theater with a frown.
The basketball gods need to give us a close Game 6 Tuesday night, to be won by Miami, and then a monumental Game 7. I don't care who wins that one, but it's got to come down to the final two minutes. Otherwise, this series to me will count as a near-miss -- the two best teams in basketball, combining for one mediocre game after another.
3 months ago