Saturday, April 27, 2013

Are You Falling Asleep During the First Round of NBA Playoffs?

If you’re an NBA junkie like many are across North America and for that matter many other parts of the world, you may be catching up on some much-needed sleep these last few days.

As the video evidence proves, the first round of the NBA playoffs for the most part has been a snoozefest through five days of play. In fact, those who make and sell sleep assisting drugs may be beginning to worry a tad over their business having new competition.

In the event you take a moment and step back from the first week of play, you’re likely to come to 5 conclusions:

* The Lakers are a shell of themselves without Kobe Bryant. Even those fans who despise the future Hall-of-Famer must admit that it would be nice to see number 24 out there on the court working his magic. No doubt Commissioner David Stern was also beyond dismayed when Bryant got hurt in the final week of the regular season (aka TV ratings);

* The Boston Celtics need a youth injection more than Lindsay Lohan needs drug rehab. It is sad to see the aging Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett going out this way. Yes, not having Rajon Rondo in the mix does make a difference, but Boston is seeing a changing of the guard right before its eyes, and the look is not very pleasing;

* The Nuggets-Warriors series may steal the show. While many eyes have been fixated on the traditional powers like the Spurs, Heat, Lakers and Celtics, the series out west between Golden State and Denver is nicely taking shape. If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching Golden State guard Steph Curry shoot a jumper, you are truly missing out on a thing of beauty. Tied 1-1 going into Game 3 Friday night in Oakland, this series has all the makings of a seven-game thriller;

* The Heat should have mercy on the Bucks. No series spells domination more than the one between defending champ Miami and eighth-seeded Milwaukee. While the Bucks do not appear to have quit in either game, they have about as much chance of winning four of the next five games as the Cubs do of hoisting the 2013 World Series champion flag over Wrigley Field. It should not come as a shocker that NBA folks have put this series on the backburner of networks so far;

* The NBA is watered down when it comes to talent. Lastly, I have been a proponent for years now of reducing the number of teams in the league. Removing teams in Charlotte, Minnesota, Orlando, and Toronto would be a start to returning the NBA to a more competitive league. Too many “average or less than average” players have jobs in the league due to the fact there is an over abundance of teams. The league should also change the rules whereby no team with a below .500 record (Milwaukee) can make the playoffs in the first place.

So, what’s your take on the first week of NBA playoff action?

About the Author: With 23 years’ writing experience, Dave Thomas covers a variety of business topics and individuals, including Steve Wynn.

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