Originally Posted by Black Mamba
Thunder in 6
Silly 2-3-2 format
I really think that the Thunder will win pretty easily, but hard to pick them in 5 because that would mean they win 2 out of the 3 in Miami.
Thunder in 6 safe pick.
However, a Thunder sweep wouldn't blow my mind. I mean that sincerely.
Originally Posted by Holdem1588
Lebron better career it on both sides or this will be a blowout for OKC. They are bigger, faster, deeper and its not even close. Only way I can see anyone honestly thinking Miami will win this. Is them just like, Lebron is too good and won't except losing/falling short again!! He's going to will his way to victory!!
Doesn't exactly work like that. This is a very very hungry Thunder team too. Having said that, I do expect Lebron to play well and this end up being an exciting series. But there is just no way I could logically pick the Heat right now.
I'm sort of surprised at the poll results, and that this thread isn't filled with posts like the above. Is it genuinely recency bias or am I missing something? Even with Bosh at 100% (which we don't know with certainty)... the Heat have a lot of matchup/depth issues imo...
Somewhat related: I am looking through an analysis of game-by-game NBA ratings of the playoffs to date (all Networks so TNT, NBA TV, ESPN, ABC). In Total Households, Total Persons viewing, Male demos (18-34)... overall, ratings are down for the NBA playoffs through the 1st 3 rounds vs. last year!
I was really surprised, but when you look at the matchups, it sort of makes sense the way things broke out last year vs. this year. Just more instances of marquee teams (at least 1 superstar) vs. non-marquee teams. One of the better examples is last year we had Pacers/Bulls (so decent ratings cause of Rose), whereas this year we had Pacers/Magic, where legitimately no one gave a ****. Also 76ers national ratings are total AIDS anyway you slice it. Them advancing to the 2nd round this year (vs. last year) did not help the ratings cause.
My guess is the Finals will draw big numbers, but we'll see. Heat ratings have been really strong, and the KD/LBJ narrative is I think potenially compelling even for the casual fan. Only question mark in my mind is how much KD is really on the national radar - Thunder/Spurs did not have particularly good ratings at all.