The NBA Playoffs thus far have been full of exhilarating moments and great plays by greater players, therefore, completely living up to the hype of what the NBA Playoffs should be all about.
There have been a fair share of disappointing moments, such as the injury to Bulls G Derrick Rose and Knicks G Baron Davis, but these moments have been outweighed by the excitement caused by other teams.
We've seen a possible changing of the guard in the Western Conference as Kevin Durant and the Thunder charged into the Finals. As well, the Miami Heat fought off all of the doubters and will return to the Finals for the second straight year.
Most importantly, the first three rounds of the 2012 playoffs have taught us one thing: even the experts can't predict what is going to happen in any given game or series.
Let's look at the Miami Heat. How many times did the public write them off as done during their run to the Finals? After Game 3 of the Indiana series, Miami was "outmatched due to the absence of Chris Bosh." After Game 5 of the Boston series, the main conversation of ESPN's Sportcenter the next day was who was going to get traded after Miami lost Game 6.
The result? The best player in the world refused to be beaten in two consecutive games, and the basketball world returned to it's expected form.
In the Western Conference, something very similar happened.
The San Antonio Spurs ran through their first 10 games of the playoffs unscathed, and as they held the Thunder in an 0-2 hole, there was legitimate conversation about whether or not the Spurs could go 16-0 in the playoffs. The Thunder were written off as too young, and the Spurs were well on their way to a fifth NBA title.
Was Miami-Oklahoma City the matchup you expected at the start of the postseason?
Then, just as Lebron did with Miami, Kevin Durant refused to let his team lose and won four straight games to reach his first NBA Finals.
There has been a consistent trend this postseason of everybody, including the experts, of overreacting to every game that is played. There is a reason why every matchup is a series, and so many times the majority of fans and experts let that slip from their mind.
Amidst all of the talk, the NBA returned to being a superstar league over the past two weeks. We now have possibly the two best players in the game playing each other in the finals, both on teams who were at one point in the Conference Finals written off as finished.
As Lee Corso would say, not so fast my friends. And that is why I ask that everybody lets the Finals play out before making outlandish claims after Game 1 that one team or another is going to run away with it.
When we have two or three players on BOTH teams that are capable of dropping 40 points (or more) on any given night, the Finals will not be won until somebody wins four games. And any notion that anybody may have about it being finished before that, will probably end up being proved wrong.