So we are down to the Conference Finals in the NBA Playoffs, and it turned out to be what just about everyone expected. In the East, it's Lebron's Cleveland Cavaliers for the seventh time versus the Brad Stevens coached Boston Celtics. In the West, it's the dynastic super team known as the Golden State Warriors versus the Houston Rockets, the hottest team in the NBA led by All-Stars James Harden and Chris Paul.
That is how a lot of television pundits predicted the playoffs would shake out anyway, and it did. Is this kind of predictability a bad thing for professional basketball? I mean, this is not the first time that dynasties have existed in the NBA. There were the Showtime Lakers, early 2000s San Antonio Spurs, and the Kobe-Shaq Lakers to name a few. No one was fed up with the NBA for any of those times.
Even still, there is a slight overreaction from each prospective game 1 from each series this year. The Cavaliers got blown out by the Celtics, which I really did not see coming. The Rockets have home court advantage this year over the Warriors, as well as supposedly being constructed to be Warriors stoppers. They lost by more than 10, and now everyone already has the Warriors sweeping the Rockets ASAP.
I think what gets lost in this conversation is just enjoying the high level of basketball being played at this point in the season. The Warriors style of play is so team oriented and spectacular to watch, especially by possessing four All-Stars on their roster. Seeing James Harden go isolation with his pure ball handles and lethal step back jumpers place you in awe. And of course, Lebron James embodying the Superman of basketball, doing anything and everything possible to give his team the best chance to win.
No matter who wins the East and West, there will still be great basketball to watch, and thats what the NBA Playoffs is all about.
By Joshua Hamer--Contributing Sportswriter