The playoffs look like basketball nerd Christmas with all these elimination games on deck. Games between the Grizzlies and the Clippers wouldn’t get NBATV treatment in past seasons. Now the franchises evolved into playoff teams squaring off for the second Game 7 in two days.
LA’s historic game 1 victory let heads know this wouldn’t be a garden variety series. Both teams fought valiantly for 6 games as exciting up and comers looking to change the guard out West. Now they’re about to embark on a franchise shaping bout. The Grizz look to prove they’re not a one year wonder and cultivate their reputation as a dark horse. The Clippers desperately seek validation as a franchise associated with racks on racks of L’s. LA’s Lob City antics starring CP3, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan finally made the Lakers compete for shine. However, their play could be another case of flash before substance if Memphis’ physical style defends their home court this afternoon. Pay special attention to front court, point guard and second team match ups as they should all play vital roles for whoever wins.
The first round got off to a slow and disappointing start. Now, it looks to end in spectacular fashion. We can only hope the semis will keep fans as engaged.