Monday, May 14, 2007
I'm with Darth
That said, the other day I was talking some basketball with my friends and I got resoundedly boo'd when I said I wanted to see San Antonio and Utah in the Western Conference Finals. Apparently that prospect would be too boring, especially with the possibility of a Golden State/Phoenix match up still in the conversation. Seriously, I may as well have been wearing an Imperial Storm Trooper's outfit after that admission.
Why don't you like the Warriors, they ask. But that's the thing. I do. I enjoy watching Baron play hard, pour his heart out actually, night in and night out. I admire the way they took out Dallas. And it's cool to see Matt Barnes get some recognition for being the explosive scorer that any Pacific Division fan knew he was.
I just think Utah is a better team. More boring, maybe. But you know what, you could also argue that Jessica Biel is more boring than Britney Spears. But who would you rather go home with? Because really, that illustrates my only problem with the Warriors: they're sloppy as hell.
And you want to know what would happen if the Warriors meet the Suns in the Western Conference Finals? A sweep. It would be a match up of two teams who play the same style except one team does it 20 times better and more efficiently. Because the Warriors simply commit too many turnovers, miss too many free throws, and their offense stalls up into too many one-on-one possessions (dribble, dribble, dribble, stepback fadeaway) to have any success against the Suns. Yeah they collectively might be a threat to score 300 points in a game, every game of the series, and that would be fun to watch. But not if it's going to be 175-125, Suns.
And as for why I want the Spurs to beat the Suns, it's mostly for the obvious reason. The Suns keep beating the Lakers. So they can all fuck off. Yes, I'm still bitter.
In summary, I know I'm rooting for a potentially boring, defensive grind of a series in a Utah/San Antonio Western Conference Final. But that match up is not without it's charms. Deron Williams will be there and he's hardly boring. And we'll be able to see what looks like would be a hell of a match up between Duncan and Boozer. There's DFish v. Robert Horry in the battle of ex-Laker role player now making clutch shots for other teams. Good coaching means good adjustments which should make for a 6 or 7 game series easily. It would be just good basketball in general.
And I plan on tuning in just in time for the fourth quarter of all of those games.