I’ll admit it has been a compelling series; Six games, seven overtimes, 5 of the 6 games decided by 3 points or less..it’s been fun. Also part of me enjoys seeing Ray Allen go off for 51 points in Game 6, since I’ve had a soft spot for him since he led UConn to the 1996 Big East Tournament Championship with a miracle shot against Georgetown. But the pure amount of hyperbole surrounding this series has been remarkable.
- Bill Simmons (I know what did I expect), had written 5 consecutive articles that heavily feature the Boston-Chicago series. The 6th article back? An analysis on whether the Celtics could repeat without KG (spoiler alert: no). Even for Simmons that’s excessive. But at least he only called it “The Greatest First Round Series Ever Played”
- Scoop Jackson on the other hand wrote that this series is “The Greatest Seven Game Series in Sports History“. Far be it for me to argue with the former editor of TIME SLAM magazine, but do we really live in such a “what’s happening now is the greatest thing thats ever happened” society that Jackson can call it the GREATEST EVER and somehow not get called on it?
I’m leaving out writer after writer who has overplayed this series but I’ll spare you for now as everyone has seen it about 60 times in the past week on nearly every available media outlet. Call me a downer but I prefer to see this series for what it is; a pair of evenly matched and painfully average teams playing a bunch of meaningless games that won’t matter in 2 weeks. Sure when 1st round series are spoken of in the future this series will come to mind, but let’s recap here:
- Chicago went 41-41 this season, and it wasn’t an accident. They aren’t a good basketball team. At 13-28 on the road they were actually one of the worst road teams in the NBA. In the Western Conference, Chicago would have finished 10th.
- Yes, Boston won 62 games but it’s relatively clear they aren’t nearly as good without Kevin Garnett. If they played 82 games without him they’d likely be no better than the 5th seed in the East.
- What’s the winner of this series playing for? If Chicago wins they earn the right to get beaten by Orlando in 6 games. If Boston wins they’ll probably give Orlando a series, and maybe even win, but they won’t come within ear shot of beating Cleveland.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll watch Game 7, and hopefully it’ll be a good one, but it’s ultimately meaningless. The most entertaining subplots of the entire series are that Rajon Rondo has exposed himself as a total thug (see Brad Miller Foul, and tossing Kirk Hinrich into the scorers table) and Kevin Garnett appears to have turned completely ape-shit bonkers:
So enjoy Game 7 guys and dolls; I’m just happy to see that Lindsey Hunter is still alive.