Are we not entertained?

Shane McOwen's picture

And if not, does it reallly matter?

Through Sunday's action, we've gone through 65 National Basketball Association playoff games.

More than half of those games, 37, have ended with a winning margin of 10-plus points. Roughly 57 percent of all NBA playoff games this season have been decided well before the final moments of the fourth quarter.

A quarter of these games have been blowouts of 20 points or more, an eyesore on the competitive nature of a playoff.

For this, the wrath has descended upon the NBA with charges of a non-entertaining, uninteresting postseason. Many believe the slate of playoff games are little more than a formality. With the powerhouse Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors slaying everything in their paths, the rest of the playoffs are just an exercise in futility.

Does this matter, though? Do the playoffs have to be exciting?

The answer is no.

Sure, professional sports playoffs have transformed into a money-grabbing enterprise that borders on the absurd, but at the heart of it, we're still crowning a champion. The playoffs don't fail because of a few lopsided rounds.

What if it's the fans and media's fault? What if we're all to blame for the current state of playoff competition? We've pushed a culture of rings or get out, and the players have responded in suit. I'm sure Kevin Durant had a million reasons to join the Warriors as a free agent, but one of the chief ones was a better chance at a title. The rich get richer, and the gap between them and the other teams grows larger, resulting in more blowouts in the early rounds.

Even in that scenario, wouldn't two loaded teams meeting in the Finals produce a must-see series? It seems more beneficial as a whole to have a stronger end than beginning of a playoff season.

The NBA offices aren't sweating because a few matchups in the early rounds aren't as close as some would like. Frankly, who cares? No one is going to remember the mid-April first round series between Boston and Chicago by the time next season starts. We'll be talking about the Finals, regardless of how competitive they are.

If the Finals produce a dud, we'll just move on to the simplest definition of a playoff: producing a champion. Regardless of how things go, the winning team will spark discussions on historical comparisons, legacies, and the like. The 1990s produced more than its fair share of unwatchable playoff performances, but none of it takes away from Michael Jordan's impressive feat of winning six championships. The individual series matter less and less as time goes on.

The playoffs are never for the masses. It's a competition for the select few; the elites of the game. The other stuff is just background noise until we crown the champion. And if you don't like it, it probably means your team isn't involved.

 

Shane McOwen can be reached at smcowen@westvalleyview.com or on Twitter @ShaneMcOwen.

 



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