Over the past several years I’ve gained a new appreciation for NBA basketball. May love to complain that the game is worse than in years past, but I actually think it’s gotten better now that teams are allowed to play real defense and we don’t have to watch silly isolation basketball. And while it’s still somewhat galling that Lebron was able to construct an All-Star team to get him a title, the games and series in recent years have been very entertaining. Several days ago it was looking like a clear Miami Heat – Oklahoma City matchup in the Finals and fans could start checking out USA gambling site reviews to make their picks, but suddenly things have changed a bit ans that matchup isn’t set in stone.
Now, don’t get me wrong. One monster game from Paul George on his home court doesn’t mean that Indiana suddenly has a good chance to get past the Heat. This team is in desperate need of an army of sports psychologists to help them through their many issues. I won’t go into all the soap opera intrigue surrounding this team as it has been talked to death. Let’s just say that the Pacers are mentally weak, and Paul George needs to step up again and again for things to change.
That said, the roller coaster of NBA series is interesting to watch. The fact is things change from game to game. That’s the nature of this sport as teams adjust to each other. Last year, Miami made better adjustments and got a lucky shot from Ray Allen and thus were able to defeat the Spurs. We’ll see if Indiana can mentally adjust and find the courage to challenge the Heat in Miami. Nobody expects them to do it, but if Paul George can continue to take control they have a chance.
In the other series, everyone had left Oklahoma City for dead with Serge Ibaka on the bench, but he “miraculously” returned and the Thunder promptly spanked the Spurs two games in a row at home. Suddenly, this is a real series and the Spurs look vulnerable again. As usual, Game 5 will be key and the Spurs have the advantage of being at home, but the Thunder clearly have the momentum. This one will be worth watching.