Once Kawhi Leonard went down in Game 1 of Golden State-San Antonio, the Warriors outscored the Spurs by 27 to win by 2, then won Game 2 quite comfortably...
Here's how we got here:
- Was tested by Indiana in their sweep, winning by only 1, 6, 5, and 4 points. 16 points total.
- Toronto was never a test: 11, 22, 21, and 7. 61 total.
- And Boston has been a complete joke: 117-104, a game far more a rout than the 13 point final margin, and 130-86 (44!) tonight! That is a record margin for an Eastern Conference Final. (The Western Conference record is 56 (Lakers 126-Warriors 70, 1973 WCF -- according to landofbasketball.com.) The 44 is tied for the eighth-largest margin in any playoff game.
- Portland gave them one test: 12, 29, 6, and 25 for 72 total.
- Utah gave them none: 12, 11, 11, and 26. 60 total.
- 2 and 36 for the San Antonio Series. (The 36 also makes the Top 50 list for largest playoff margins.
For the entire playoffs: 170 margin for 12 games, over 14 a game. Since the first round: 96, for an average of SIXTEEN.
There have been TWO single-digit margins since round 1 -- and one of those was a 27-point swing.
I am positing, right now, that ESPN and TNT are done dealing with non-competitive basketball.
In 2016, effective for this season and going until 2024-2025, and are estimated at $2.66 billion per year.
Especially with ESPN hemorrhaging money (Mike and Mike in the Morning is the latest casualty, as the two Mikes will be split into two different morning shows -- Golic gets the radio and ESPN2 show in the "divorce", Greenberg gets a new ESPN morning show), you can't tell me that there isn't some desire to force the NBA's hand for a third (or more!) super-team!
Yes, I know Boston had Brooklyn's pick and had the best chance at the #1 as a result.
But it sounds awfully damned convenient, at this rate, for the Eastern Conference's #2 team to basically get this shot in the arm now...
And then who in the West? Start pumping up that punk-ass jerk Ball and the Lakers and rebuild a new era for that franchise? Team Griffin up with Westbrook in Oklahoma City and get them help?