Back in the 2006 playoffs, the undermanned Phoenix Suns (without big men Amare Stoudemire and Kurt Thomas) shot their way to the Western Conference Finals, only succumbing when Raja Bell went down for the count. But they still had Steve Nash in his prime, so they couldn't be counted out.
The Suns won, then lost, then won again. It was a rollercoaster ride.
Nash said during that run (paraphrase): "After every win, it feels like you can't be beat. And after every loss, it feels like you're never win again."
Watching the NBA Finals this year gives me the same feeling, about both teams.
When the Cavaliers scratched and clawed to a 2-1 series lead, we all envisioned a LeBron championship for the ages as he dragged a ragtag team to a ring while shaking our heads at the inexperience of the Warriors.
Now that the Warriors won Game 4, closing out in convincing fashion, you'd be hardpressed to find someone outside the Cleveland area codes who thinks they can even win another game.
Such is life.
And why I love this game.
Tune in on ABC, and talk about it here.
- On: ABC
- When: 5pm AZ, Pacific Time
- Who: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors
- Where: In ROARACLE Arena