By Brian Skinnell on April 15, 2014
As we are just a handful of days away from the NBA Playoffs, many writers and bloggers will begin to break down each individual matchup. However, here I will try to answer a very important question: Are the NBA Playoffs too long? Here are five reasons why they should shorten the postseason series.
In the NCAA tournament, the underdog gets one chance to make a surprise upset. Since they only have one game, everything can be new to their opponent. In a shorter series, opposing teams wouldn’t get a chance to “get used to” their opponent and the underdog could surprise.
I love basketball just as much as the next guy, but let's be real, here. Are eight (8!!) months of basketball necessary? If you want players to have long illustrious careers, should they be spending two-thirds of the year playing basketball? The NBA regular season is already long as it is. When you add on the NBA postseason, that’s almost too much basketball.
If one team sweeps and another team goes to a Game 7, the delay between series drags out to sometimes a week. By having a shorter series, there would be less of a rest advantage to the sweeping team. It also annoyingly gives the media a chance to over-analyze.
The intensity of each game would increase dramatically. It would be similar to the ending of an NCAA tournament game. Teams and players would be giving everything to win. They do already, but the effort would be amplified with a shorter series.
With less and less chances to win games, it would make each and every game mean so much more. Rather than being okay with losing the opening game, it would immediately put the losing team on the hot seat. The pressure would increase exponentially.
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