Everyone’s complaining about the 2017 NBA playoffs, but I want to make an argument against the claim that it’s been so, so bad. Yes, most games haven’t been competitive. Yes, we have known who’s going to make the finals. And yes, admittedly, it’s been really boring and predictable outside of a few games here and there.
But I don’t think it’s been that bad, because there’s still something special to be said about what’s happening. The Warriors and Cavs have been bound to meet in the finals for the entire season. It’s been inevitable. We’ve known this. But if we can just take a step back and appreciate what they’ve been doing, we can notice that, in the midst of one of the worst postseasons in recent memory, the hype surrounding the finals couldn’t be bigger. These teams HAVEN’T LOST! That’s incredible. They are literally dominating, and the light at the end of the tunnel will hopefully be bright enough to forget the dark path it took to get here.
Plus, there has been some memorable moments in this playoffs outside of the Warriors and Cavs. Celtics’ star Isaiah Thomas lost his sister right before the start of the playoffs, and his gutsy performance is something that should be praised forever. The Celtics and Wizards series featured ejections, technical fouls, and a huge game-winning three pointer from John Wall in the face of elimination. The playoffs have been bad, but it’s not like there hasn’t been anything we can remember from it.
The Warriors and Cavs will meet in the NBA Finals for the third straight season, for what will be the rubber match between the two. There’s so many storylines: Will Durant get his first ring after joining the already-dominant Warriors? Will LeBron James take down this super team, and make his best case yet for the best player to ever step on the court? Will Steve Kerr return to the sidelines? The list goes on and on, and this is the matchup we all want. Do you want to see the Celtics vs the Warriors or Cavs vs. Spurs? No. You don’t. You want what we are inevitably getting, and that’s a good thing. There doesn’t HAVE to be drama on the way there.
So why are we complaining so much about it? I understand we all want a competitive and entertaining playoffs, but there’s something special about what these two teams are doing. We are literally witnessing one of the greatest postseason performances ever from LeBron James at age 32. The Warriors are toying with teams without their head coach on the sidelines. Both teams are going to finish the postseason a perfect 12-0 on their way to the finals. That’s awesome, and you should be excited for what’s to come.
Yes the playoffs have been bad. But there’s a ton of young talent around the league, and more of it coming in. For now, it’s the Warriors and Cavs and then everyone else. The lights are going to be brighter than ever, and the Finals will not disappoint. We should be grateful that both teams will be fully healthy and rested (God willing nothing happens in the next three combined games). No excuses. The Finals will save this dreadful postseason, and the fact that these two teams are dominating is actually a good thing that we should be excited about.