Jazz versus Spurs was an upset.
Yeah, you read the subject correctly. The Spurs beating the Jazz was an upset.
It was an atrocity to anyone that was unlucky enough to waste their time watching that game. It was an upset to the fans of basketball that probably turned the game off at halftime, and rightly so.
Here’s a tip to the NBA Commissioner’s office, free of charge: If you want better TV ratings, then viewers should probably be watching close-out games in the Western Conference Finals past halftime. Just a tip.
The NBA Commissioner’s office may say “It’s not our fault that a championship caliber team (Spurs) rolled over a young, green but talented team (Jazz)”. That may be true, but every single commentator in the pre-game show told the national TV audience that there wasn’t a chance that the Jazz could win. Not a chance. While the pre-game was happening, Jalen Rose was filling in as a sports commentator (I’m sure because he’s a 13 year veteran and has to learn how to use words like ‘they’re’ and ‘their’ instead of ‘they’, as in “(The Spurs)…they smart from they head up..” while on national TV in order to get a TV contract when he retires). Rose even had Carlos Boozer walk up to him and say, and I quote “You guys aren’t even giving us a chance?”
All this, in the Western Conference Finals. Not a regular season game, not a pre-season scrimmage. On the second largest stage in competitive basketball, the Jazz stars were jawing with the TV commentators, joking about how they were gonna get rolled over. And then they did. They rolled right over and took it up the b-side.
It’s not that I don’t like the Spurs, I do. It just makes me sad that I can’t remember when the NBA Playoffs were the most competitive stage in basketball. I was alive during the Magic Johnson v Michael Jordan showdowns in the Finals, and even for the Eastern Conference Pistons v. Michael Jordan rivalry. From what I hear, THOSE were good series’. I just can’t remember them because I was 5 years old at the time.
So now that I’m cognitive and a regular NBA fan, I get this. I get the Utah Jazz walking on to the court, completely expecting to lose (along with their over-the-hill coach, Jerry Sloan) and then tanking and generally not seeming to care. It just makes me sad.
Get your Finals tickets here, hopefully the Pistons/Cavs won’t just simply surrender at the fifth game.