As this comes as no surprise as Miami had been running roughshod through the NBA all season long and even went on a 27 game winning streak at one point. Though Chicago was able to end that streak with a 101-97 victory, the Derrick Rose-less Bulls were no match for the Heat in the postseason as they lost in five games including a loss in Game 2 where they were handed their worst playoff loss in franchise history (115-78) . Along with Rose, the Bulls were without Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich for the majority of the series. Regardless, the Heat probably still would have won, which in turn, should make NBA commissioner David Stern ecstatic.
The NBA Playoffs have started to become very predictable. Like all good things, over time, they begin to become stale, and that is exactly what is going on in the NBA. But seriously, what sounds more appealing? The Indiana Pacers and the Golden State Warriors in the Finals or the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs? From the looks of things, it seems that a Heat and Spurs match up would not only be more appealing to the fans, but it’s also an instant money maker.
Like all businesses, the NBA is about making money. If you recall, that is why the Spurs were fined $250,000 for sending home forward Tim Duncan, guards Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and swingman Danny Green instead of playing them against the Heat on TNT’s nationally televised game. According to USA Today, the NBA said in a statement that the Spurs’ action violated league policy “against resting players in manner contrary to the best interests of the NBA.” To make a long story short, Stern knows that the fans are the backbone of the NBA and continually invest their money into it, night in and night out. Stern was also quoted saying, “the Spurs did a disservice to the league and our fans.”
Considering that San Antonio didn’t have their star players when they faced Miami in the regular season, wouldn’t it be something if they had their much anticipated rematch in a seven game series for the NBA Championship? Since the NBA is where “Amazing Happens,” this wouldn’t be too far fetched, would it? David Stern should be licking his chops, given the opportunity to have two highly marketable teams competing against each other on the biggest stage of them all. We already know that we won’t be seeing a rematch from last year’s NBA Finals since the Memphis Grizzlies took care of the Oklahoma City Thunder in just five games, so why not have the runner ups from last year’s Western Conference Finals giving the Heat arguably their biggest challenge yet in the in the past three seasons?
With the way the NBA is going, there may be no challenge that Miami can’t handle. The Heat might just win not five, not six, but seven championships as they predicted in the 2010 offseason. And David Stern will be smiling all the way to the bank.