Thursday, May 31, 2007

Worst. Conference Finals. Ever.

Now that the Spurs have dispatched the upstart Jazz in impressive fashion (think we can temper those Boozer/Williams-Malone/Stockton comparisons for a bit?) the focus of the NBA Playoffs is now squarely on the Detroit Pistons and their opponent, LeBron James, er, I mean the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Sports Guy does a good job of deconstructing the series – and tonight's crucial Game 5 – in his blog, and I pretty much agree except for his suggestion that Bron Bron (worst sports nickname ever?) was in fifth gear for "every minute" of Game 4. No he wasn't. He, like the rest of the Cavs, took the third quarter totally off.

As for this Pistons team, I'm surprised by their almost collective no show in this series. Hell, if not for the plays at the end of Games 1 and 2, the Cavs could be going for the win tonight, or already be home figuring out if they should book their vacations to start after Game 4 or Game 5 of the Finals. The fact that the Cavs are realistically playing for a shot to go home up 3-2 is astounding. Detroit's not good enough to coast and try and flip the switch like this.

I guess the biggest question is, if we had a hidden camera in David Stern's house tonight do you think he's wearing a Cavs jersey?

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