Almost every media member and basketball fan has seemingly been expecting an NBA Championship Finals series featuring Kobe Bryant versus LeBron James. But in truth, the Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets are out-playing the Cleveland Cavs and LA Lakers.
After tonight's home win, the Nuggets have tied their series with the Lakers at two apiece. Yet the Nuggets have actually outplayed the Lakers the entire series—they just haven't been able to close them out all the time.
And if it wasn't for LeBron's dramatic last-second shot in game two, the Magic might be looking at a series sweep.
As it is, Orlando leads the series 2-1. Their next game is Tuesday in Orlando.
Meanwhile, it's not like James and Bryant haven't been doing their part to win games. Both have played well, but if the underdogs in each series prevail, we will be seeing a Dwight Howard-led Magic team facing a Carmelo Anthony-led Nuggets team in the Finals.
'Melo struggled in the Game 3 Nuggets victory, but he remains the face of the team.
I'm sure David Stern and the NBA would rather see a Lakers-Cavs Finals due to the star attraction of Kobe, LeBron, and the Lakers in general. But Denver and Orlando don't care what the league wants. They know they can win their series'.
The Western Conference series heads back to Los Angeles for game five on Wednesday. It will be difficult for the Nuggets to win in LA, but they certainly are alive in this series.
Come to think of it, both underdogs are very much alive and playing well. Television ratings be damned.