NBA Playoffs 2012: Do People Usually Forget Playoff Blowouts?

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NBA Playoffs 2012: Do People Usually Forget Playoff Blowouts?
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The average age of a player on the Spurs is 28, but you wouldn't have been able to tell that from yesterday's field day against the Utah Jazz.

Playing fluidly and cohesively, the Spurs made the fans across the nation wonder how they managed to get the eighth seed in the punishing Western Conference. If you couldn’t catch the game, one stat should tell you how bad it was.

The Spurs' Boris Diaw had a plus-41. To the sports world, embarrassment goes by one term—blowout.

While blowouts are frustrating and let down a team's morale, there is something fascinating about them— we tend to forget them easily.

Fans for years will probably look back at the Clippers' fascinating fourth quarter comeback on Sunday, but I would be surprised if anybody remembers the Spurs crushing the Jazz a year from now.

Devin Harris, who was on the other end of the blowout on Wednesday, added his own views on the situation. When asked about moving on after the horrific game, Harris remarked:

 "It's kind of easy to do. Blowouts are usually the ones easy to forget. Obviously, we thought we had a solid game plan. Things didn't really work out, so we kind of scrap this one and it's back to the drawing board."

Playoff blowouts are actually quite common and not surprisingly so. When the best team in the conference plays the worst, head-to-head matches aren't generally what are expected—unless you're the Warriors. But that's a different story.

Harris brings up a valid point—and a true one.

In recent memory, a typical basketball fan will remember the thrillers—like the Bulls-Celtics series in 2009 or “the shot” over Ehlo in 1989.

As an avid fan myself, I typically forget games rather quickly, unless the blowouts are significant to me. (As a Nets fan, the Heat blowing out the Knicks will always stay in my memory).

With that being said, I wait until the day a blowout turns so ugly we all have no option but to remember it.

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