But to say the first 3 games of a 7 game series mean nothing is just silly. Ask the Kings if going up 3-0 was insignificant in them winning the Stanley cup.
Say OKC wins these first two at home and takes the first game back in Miami. Statistics say they WILL win the series, so these games that "mean nothing" actually do mean something.
And on top of that almost no one who follows the sport will debate whether the winner of the series is actually the best team.
The reason the NCAA isn't the same is because there are over 10 times as many D1 basketball teams as professional basketball teams. The NCAA tournament tries to take the top 20% of these teams and puts them in a tournament. The NBA takes over 50% of it's teams into the playoffs and makes them play multiple games against one another so that a certain degree of confidence is established that the series winner is in fact the better team. In basketball home court advantage is probably more prominent than in any other sport, so more than one game is necessary.
You are one of very few people who are actually debating the legitimacy of the NBA and NHL playoffs based mostly on the grounds that, "hey they don't do it in the regular season, so why do it in the post season?" By the same token, MLB doesn't do best of 7 series during the regular season, so why do they do it in the postseason?
I thought for sure when I saw a bunch of new posts in this thread there would be talk about David Stern on Jime Rome today. Rome got what he deserves!!!!!
Those games are filler...no reason on earth to have them. Statistics are great but the winner of a one game series will win the series every time. Shocking!!!
Sure the NCAA has more teams, but they also have a better way to crown a champion. The NBA takes 50%...say that to yourself and if it doesn't make you almost puke you have serious issues...of teams that have already played a monster season compared to the NCAA. So...you already have a large sample size...almost 50% of the teams in the NBA...and then you play multiple games against one another so that a certain degree of confidence is established that the series winner is in fact the better team. So...almost 3 times the length of an NCAA season...more than double the percentage of teams allowed in...and then they make them play best of 7 series because the season apparently wasn't a good enough bench mark of how good the teams are. If you swing a hammer 100 times...swinging it another 40 times won't give you anything earth shattering that you didn't already know about swinging a hammer. More than one game is in no way necessary...that's a very very short sighted thing to say. If you have a better record over as long a season as the NBA has...you earned a home game. I'm still flabbergasted by that statement...due to home court advantage more than one game is necessary...this should be printed on T-shirts.
God forbid I question this lunacy on the pure bounds that it's against the simple notion of common sense. Trust me I am not the only one who has a problem with the NBA playoffs. Search google and figure out how many people think they are the dumbest thing since astro turf. You are correct...MLB does not play 7 game series. They play 3 game series. But at least it's part of their large sample size...so it at least makes some kind of sense.
In all fairness, I think most professional sports seasons last too long. I wouldn't be opposed to the current NBA playoff setup if the season was somewhat shortened, with the playoffs starting immediately after the Final Four. So instead of mid April you start the playoffs in early April. That way the only way you'd be playing basketball in June is if you were going to a game 7.
It is a fan thing and a revenue thing. Otherwise, it matters not. If the NBA owners and the fans had a big enough issue with the post season format, it would change. What we have is media talking heads finding the "filler space" that Hawk deplores... and they've sparked the 7 game debate to keep a bunch of fans in a debate free for all. It all matters not.
Most NBA diehard fans are going to keep gobbling up the postseason and if money is flowing to suit the owners, it will not change. Every format has pros and cons.
Who cares how professional sports do their postseason? The NFL's preseason is the dumbest of them all. And I don't care about it either. It's just entertainment and money. I'm surprised Hawk cares this much.
Baseball is at least quick with their playoffs...it's a game built to be played on a daily basis...so 17 games max won't take you 6 months. Baseball is meant to be played over a longer period of time...that has been established. Pitching rotations are built for playoff runs. Basketball & Hockey are not. You don't have to worry about a bullpen or which point guard or goalie you will start in games 3,4, & 5. Hell I think the World Cup might play fewer games and take less time than the NBA & NHL playoffs. That's sad. Honestly...soccer is a sport that playing twice in one week is very hard to do even for extremely conditioned athletes...and they do it faster than the NBA & NHL. You can keep coming back to baseball all you want but that is how baseball is played. Always has been. Baseball is a game of slow plodding strategy...basketball and hockey are frenetic games of size and speed and power. One is built for a longer drawn out playoff style. The other two are in no way structured that way. Nothing can be worse than watching a fast paced frenetic playoff game that decides nothing. Normally basketball and hockey fans plan to go watch a game during the season. Baseball fans can plan to make an entire series. It just makes so much more sense.
I like the 7 game series. There isn't _____ else to watch on TV at this time of year. Give me basketball every night and Hawk can have Dancing with the Stars.
had it on 103.7 this morning and on their break i decide to see what is on 1420...ah Stevie P talking about how he just finished his pancakes and eggs at Lucky Deuces plaza! Just what i like to hear from a sports station. What a garbage show. Not sure i'll listen to anything but 103.7 anymore