Why The 2010 NBA Playoffs Will Produce The Lowest Rated Finals In Years

Andrew KesselContributor IApril 15, 2010

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Going into these NBA playoffs, I have one question: What is the NBA finals matchup you want to see? Wait, don't tell me. You said Lakers vs. Cavs right? The anticipation has been building all season for LeBron and Kobe to lead their teams to the NBA finals and battle it out clash-of-the-titans style.

However when you look at the quality of all the teams in the playoffs this fantasy duel seems unlikely. The road out of the conferences is tougher than ever. The Lakers must face a Thunder squad lead by NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant, no easy task. Then they would play the winner of Utah vs. Denver, two teams that won over 50 games this year. Not to mention Dallas or Phoenix looming in the conference finals.

The Cavs have it easier playing a hard-working Bulls team first round. However things get tougher in a potential second round series against a Boston team with tons of Playoff experience. The Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks are also eagerly waiting in the wings to take out LeBron and Co.

The bottom line is that the NBA is deeper than it has been in a long time. Instead of L.A. and Cleveland, we could get Dallas and Orlando, or even Phoenix vs. Boston. Honestly, would anyone besides diehards tune in to watch that?