Welcome to the 2013 NBA Playoffs!
6 of the 8 “Game 1″ games to kick off this year’s playoff series were not so competitive.
Those six games ended with the winning team scoring on average more than 19 points than their opponent and having an average biggest lead during the game of more than 23… these games were blowouts.
First round series should really return to a best-of-five format instead of the current best-of-seven, allowing the blowouts to come to a merciful end more quickly. It would also allow for the few competitive series to be even more exciting. A 6th, 7th, or 8th seed might be a lot more likely to threaten an upset if they needed to win just 3 games instead of 4 to advance.
Even without all the blowouts, these playoffs don’t offer much excitement to us Cavs fans. Our excitement is in anticipating who will be the new Cavs coach. Seeing where the Cavs end up between the #1 pick and the #6 pick after the draft lottery on May 21st. And of course which players the Cavs add to the team during June 27th’s draft.
Come Halloween, the games begin again, with the Cavs eyeing a return to the playoff stage!
38-40 wins has typically been enough to sneak into the 8th seed in the East.
With the right mix of health, coaching, rookies, and He-Who-Is-Chosen-As-Free-Agent-Replacement-For-Casspi, I believe the Cavs could reach higher, towards a winning record and the ~6th seed in the 2014 NBA Playoffs!
Let’s Go #Cavs!