All things considered, the season-opening games have demonstrated how complex the league will look in the months ahead. Both faves – the Lakers and the Nets – were shot down right at the starting gates. Other favorites – the Bucks and the Suns – were just as easily ambushed. The season will be a long unpredictable one, with health becoming the biggest factor.
The Bucks are now just a game away from the NBA crown. The crucial Game 6 will be held in their home arena at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. The momentum has changed hands now. It is now with the Bucks, as they gallop toward the finish line. Which team will respond with a greater sense of urgency? Which team will execute their offense and defense patterns successfully? Which team will the cage gods bless?
The Finals. Bucks have the height and heft, Suns have the speed and skills. Who will the gods favor? Methinks the path has been cleared by the gods in favor of the Suns since the start of the playoffs.
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.