I've been working for a boss who's a slightly tin-foil hat, conspiracy theorist type.
He's convinced the league is run by a mafia and bookie types based on a lot of the game turnouts - I'm not really convinced, but every once in a while you get these results that make you scratch your head.
So the question is simple - do you feel like this year's Finals are a bit staged/set-up? Think of the NBA Blu-Ray of this years finals with all the epic commentary of the back and forth, and the ticket sales, and hype!
I just feel like there's no way the "two best teams" in the league could be blowing each other out every other game like they have; I mean c'mon, the Rockets/Thunder series was full of very close margin wins either way which felt more like competitive basketball - and these were supposedly lesser teams!
This is the breakdown so far -
- Game 1 in Miami - Spurs win by a small margin to set the 'shock' tone.
- Game 2 in Miami - redemption for the Heat, blowout victory - order is restored for Miami fans
- Game 3 in San Antonio - Spurs blowout the Heat, SA fans get excited, now willing to pay more for game 4 tickets
- Game 4 in San Antonio - Heat blowout the Spurs, SA fans are reeling, but they still have game 5 to look forward to - this sets up Miami fans to pay more for Game 6 tickets since the series will most certainly go back to Miami
In a tin-foil hat moment of my own, this is how I'm predicting the rest of the series to play out, thinking on a staged/setup line of thinking :
- Game 5 in San Antonio - Spurs come back and win by a narrow margin, adding anxiety to the Heat fans anticipating Game 6
- Game 6 in Miami - Order is restored yet again, Heat wins by the skin of their teeth (score spreads are getting tighter since the series is winding down and it'll make a great Finals DVD in July when they go on sale with epic soundtracks and commentary to hype you up into buying 10 copies for your friends)
- Game 7 in Miami - Predictable that it went to 7 because it'll make the league, the bookmakers, and both teams a lot of extra revenue. My optimistic side puts the Spurs ahead for shock factor to win on the road, and to fire up the rumor mill about Chris Bosh trades - My pessimistic side lets the Heat win in stunning blowout fashion to secure their dominance and to remove the asterisk for winning a shortened season the year before.
What say you? I don't *really* buy into all the conspiracy theories, but you have to admit for the two best in the league, these blowouts make you raise a brow.