Home, Sweet Home, Killing NBA PlayoffsPosted: May 15, 2008
If you like watching paint dry, you’ll love watching the NBA playoffs.
Once known for fast action, terrific player match-ups and fantastic finishes, this year’s playoffs have become as predictable as Hillary Clinton’s never-say-die mantra or the next full moon.
The home team wins all the time. The visitors don’t stand a chance. Sometimes the games are close for three quarters, before the host invariably pulls away in the fourth.
It’s tough to watch when you know what’s going to happen. Maybe the NBA should just concede the results of the first six games in each series, then play the seventh game. Save plenty on travel costs.
Even the much-ballyhooed NCAA basketball tournament was bitten by the predictability bug this year, as all four #1 seeds reached the Final Four.
Predictability can be a good thing in weather forecasting, investments, gambling, food shopping and millions of other endeavors, but not in sports.
But basketball home court predictability has become an upsetting trend.