Injuries have become the main catalyst in this year’s playoffs. The team that is less affected by the health bug will win it all. Action has been exciting nonetheless, with coaches showing audacity and great creativity in reacting to the stars’ absence. New faces and new moves were in full display in the playoffs.
In the west, it is maturity against positivity, both virtues that are beyond the basic skills we find on the court. Who wins? The team whose collective will is stronger will win it all. For the east, it will be power vs speed; height and might vs guile. Who wins? It is for the Bucks to win. If the Bucks become too complacent, then the Hawks have a proverbial puncher’s chance to win this series.
This year’s NBA playoffs will go down in history as the year the NBA goes to the hospital. With a big number of stars decommissioned or barely able to play due to injuries as well as COVID restrictions, the playoffs now resemble a medical ward where the wounded are tended; and sent back to the frontlines immediately. The battle is raging and at its most critical stages. And the skills, the stamina, and the spirit of every warrior/player is needed. And the lack of fresh troops, and the failure to bring in reinforcements could spell the difference between life or death.
Vilified no end for having lost a sure-win 3-1 lead against the Denver Nuggets in the Bubble Playoffs last year, the Clippers bounced back not once, but twice against the vastly-improved Mavericks. The team simply refused to give up in the face of extreme adversity. It was a character win that certainly won the hearts of many.
Today, the Clippers and the Mavs square off for the final time this season. Whoever wins advances to the next round, the loser goes home for a long vacation. How this show will end will depend much on the enigma that is the Clippers.
Gentlemen, start your engines!!! The NBA season is upon us. After a very brief respite, our beloved cagers are here once again to provide us our daily dose of basketball medicine to drive away the thoughts of this COVID misery. Truly a wonderful medicine for these difficult times.