The last series of the season is here. For such a grand occasion, some of the staff at Def Pen Hoops came together to discuss the matchup in an NBA Finals Roundtable.
Despite enduring multiple game delays and games missed from COVID19 safety protocols, the NBA Finals have arrived. While the turbulent journey provided much dialogue on what the league should have done, the destination makes for compelling television. Both the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns supply a breath of fresh air to the championship round.
The year 2021 is synonymous with history-making events, including witnessing a female, and person of color, as the Vice President of the United States. Naturally, the NBA followed suit.
Phoenix Suns’ point guard Chris Paul advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in his career while also leading the Suns to their first postseason in 11 seasons. In the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks have a shot at small market validation by hoisting up the Larry O’Brien trophy. Despite Giannis Antetokounmpo’s day-to-day injury status, the Bucks berthed a trip to the NBA Finals.
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What is your take on the overall playoff experience and the journey both teams endured?
The Playoffs have been great for the most part. The actual games have been competitive and outside of the Phoenix Suns sweeping the Denver Nuggets in Round 2, each series has had some parity. The amount of injuries is concerning and the rushed season can be blamed for that. The regular season had a ton of injuries and the postseason wasn’t any different. Hopefully, Giannis Antetokounmpo is healthy for the Finals and we get a battle of the stars between him and Booker.
Why is this series important for the league?
This series needs to be competitive and fun. If it isn’t people will shrug and assume the small markets aren’t worth watching even when they’re the best teams. This is also a shift in the league to a new era of stars. With LeBron James aging and a new crop of talent ready to take over the league. Booker or Giannis need to have great series and show that they could be the new leaders of the NBA. It could be the Finals we say “That’s when the league changed!” 5 years from now. With only Jae Crowder having Finals experience, this will be a battle of the new age through and through.
What matchup intrigues you most?
Who wins the series, Finals MVP?
Suns in six; Chris Paul is the MVP.