Ending my day by watching NBA basketball at its best in both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals has been nothing short of entertaining.
The match-ups are sick:
- West- San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (OKC leads 3-2; SAS faces elimination tonight on the road)
- East- Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics (Cs lead 3-2; the Heatles face elimination tomorrow on the road)
What’s really interesting about these match-ups is how well-balanced they are between both conferences.
They Must Prove Themselves Worthy
We’ve got the Thunder and the Heat. The Thunder are the young guns–crazy athletic, and growing up as a team before the world’s eyes, as the commentators pointed out in Game 5. Similarly, the Heat haven’t been together very long. The flaws in their play have been dissected, and they have yet to prove that all the free agency hype and movement from Summer 2010 was worth it.
And yet, Westerners KD, Westbrook, Harden, Collison, Ibaka, Perkins, Fisher, and the rest of the Thunder squad are one game away from heading to the 2012 NBA Finals. In the East, LeBron, D-Wade, Bosh, and the remaining Heat team are one game away from going home.
They’ve Been There, Done That…Now, Doing It Again
We have the vets. They’ve been there, done that…as in they’ve been to the Finals, and won their championship rings. The San Antonio Spurs caught my attention big time this post season, coming into the Western Conference Finals with a playoff record of 8-0. Timmy Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili just refuse to call it quits. Year in and year out, they’re serious contenders. So, after last year’s early ousting in Round 1, they bounced back strong. Tonight’s Game 6, will be do or die for the Spurs in Oklahoma City.
The Celtics claim the title of veterans in the East. Together for five years, the Cs, like the Spurs, don’t go out without a fight. After grinding it out in the first two rounds against the recurring playoff rival Hawks and division sharing 76ers, the Celtics (almost inevitably) had to face the Heat.
And what a series that has been. From the defensive plays of both teams to Rondo’s flawless passes…not to mention the sideline interviews from the Celtics, who I think–it’s safe to say–have taken offense at being called old. They sure are entertaining:
“Boo boo go to bed.”
The Celtics have taken a 3-2 series lead over the Miami Heat and like the Thunder, are one win away from going to the 2012 NBA Finals. The Western veteran Spurs, like the Heat, are one loss away from going home.
I just love the unpredictability of it all. This is exactly what NBA Playoffs basketball is supposed to be like.