I didn’t think I’d ever say this, but through two games, the NBA Finals between Cleveland and Golden State is proving to be a much more compelling spectacle than the Stanley Cup Final featuring Chicago and Tampa Bay.
I had my reservations at first, but the proof is definitively in the pudding.
Both games between the Cavaliers and Warriors have gone to overtime, resulting in nail-biting finishes which have left the series tied at one. In those games, the superstars have played as well as advertised with Lebron James coming up big for the Cavs last night in yet another triple-double performance.
Then you take a look at the NHL series between the Blackhawks and Lightning, and you’ll largely see a struggle between two teams trying to cancel out each other’s studs, a defensive battle which has left the likes of Patrick Kane and Steven Stamkos pointless through two. In fact, the biggest headline came from something that happened off the ice — just what was Ben Bishop doing during that third period, anyway?
The point is, it’s a good time to be an NBA fan. The basketball has been entertaining from start to finish and the storyline of which city will end it’s long 40+ year reign of championship futility is much more gripping than if the Blackhawk dynasty will continue or if the not-so-hockey hotspot of Tampa Bay will emerge the winner.
Through two games, it’s your move, NHL.