Welcome To The Eastern Conference Finals, Where Playing On The Road Is Basically The Equivalent Of Playing Without A Backboard
As if we needed yet another reminder that the Eastern Conference is a complete circus compared to the Western Conference, both the Cavaliers and Celtics have made it blatantly obvious that they are basically in contention for the NBA equivalent of a pity prize as the away team constantly looks as though they are playing on a carnival rim. While the theory that role players tend to shoot better at home was probably hypothesized after years of watching road teams stacking up enough bricks to build themselves a beautiful AirBNB for their time in town, the disparity that currently exists between the Cavaliers and Celtics splits is one that's causing me second-hand stomach pain. Like, at this point, I'm liable to believe that we'd be looking at a final score that resembled that of 4th graders playing on a ten foot hoop if Game 6 were moved to a neutral sight in which the stands were filled entirely with fans of other Eastern Conference foes.
We're five games in and if your body instinctively crept into the prone position every time the point differential hit double digits then you probably need to set six alarms to catch a second half. LeBron James, still playing at the height of his powers (at least offensively), versus the franchise that loves loathing him more than their own drunk uncles and all we've got to show for is a handful of match-ups that could easily pass for Globetrotters Vs. Generals? The Warriors and Rockets are exchanging haymakers regardless of venue, and the best the East has to offer is beating whatever team has to leave the confines of their own home like a blow-up toy. The Celtics shot 36% from the field last night and to say they pulled away in the second half would give far too much credit to the competitive, or lack thereof, in the first half. I'm all but certain this goes the distance with each team abusing it's home court advantage, but would it kill the basketball gods to sneak a fly in the ointment that I now assume to be NyQuil so that a probable Game 7 can be as good in execution as it is in theory?