Monday, March 25, 2019

Why the NBA Playoffs Can’t Compete with March Madness

Which came first: March Madness or the NBA Playoffs? Because whoever scheduled one right after the other is an idiot.

ncaa-vs-nbaI have been trying for the last week to get myself all hyped up for the NBA drama, without much success. I just can’t get excited about the NBA Playoffs, coming off of the NCAA Tourney.

Before I started watching college basketball, I used to love the NBA post season. I’ll even admit that I got into the Finals last year. But that was under severe duress from my father who refused to put anything else on if the Celtics were playing. Including American Idol!

Plus, last year I missed all of March Madness. I was fiending for basketball boys.

I finally sat down to write my “Whooo Hoooo NBA Playoffs!!!!!!!” piece today, figuring I must have missed so much because the first round began a week and a half ago. I was expecting to be completely overwhelmed. I mean, if you miss the first round of the NCAA Tourney and then sit down to report it, forget it, you’ll never catch up.

After a week and half in March Madness, four rounds were finished, 64 teams were whittled down to the Final Four and there was only a week left of the NCAA Tournament.

You want to know what has happened after a week and a half in the NBA Playoffs?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

(Pause for NBA enthusiasts to yell and swear loudly. Feel free to write all negative “you suck” comments below.
Are you done? Good.)

So far the original 16 teams were whittled to….14. The first round isn’t even finished. And there are still two months left of the playoffs.

Yes, LeBron and the Cavs swept the Pistons and the Lakers almost swept the Jazz but that is hardly shocking news now is it?

And yes, the field could be whittled to 12 tonight since two teams are up 3-1 in the best of seven series. Whoo hoo! But, they are only on Game 5 in the seven series and the other half of the match-ups are tied 2-2. So in theory, the first round could last another week.

Wanna try the “Well, then you haven’t been watching the Bulls-Celtics series” argument?

Yup, I missed all four games, including the double OT one. Apparently, they were all nail-biters. But you know what,  it doesn’t even matter. There are still three more games left in the series.

Here’s the thing: In the NCAA Tourney, you have to watch every game because a nail-biter mean your team either hits the last second shot and moves on, or they go home. In the NBA Playoffs, there can be six nail-biters, six last-second shots and it can still mean that your team is coming back tomorrow to try

It’s hardly do or die. More like, do, die, come back life, die again…etc. The NBA Playoffs commercials are right, that is “amazing!”

The only other argument that has been given to try and get me excited about these best-of-seven match-ups is “There is no doubt that the level of play intensifies in the NBA post-season.”

Yes, very true. The players are  now actually worthy of earning their $20 million contracts. Congrats. NCAA players play just as well in the post-season and most of them don’t have $20 million contracts waiting for them in the NBA.


Despite all that, I’m going to try really hard to get excited, get involved and not be too biased against the Playoffs. Truth is, I really like the Celtics, I have a major thing developing for LeBron James and basketball is my favorite sport to watch.

I’m just pointing out that if someone stuck the NBA Playoffs two or three months after March Madness, I bet I would be much more excited and eager to watch the two long months of games.

About the author: Jennifer Taglione is the owner of this fabulous website Stiletto Sports. Despite writing well over 500 posts, she still maintains that she is not a sports writer! She is however a huge fan of Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Sanchez, the Celtics, and totally kicks butt on March Madness brackets! Connect with her by following her on Twitter @StilettoSportsJ and subscribing to her weekly newsletter. For more info check out the About the Editor page!

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6 Responses

  1. scarf Said,

    I am a fan of basketball game. I like NBA for players, like Kobe, Howard, but not James.

    Posted on May 28th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

  2. Stiletto Jen Said,

    I’m the opposite. I hate Kobe, starting to really like LeBron!

    Posted on June 5th, 2009 at 12:41 am

  3. SilkScarvesandShawls Said,

    Yes, you 100% right. Spot of today is not that it used to be. Maybe too much of advertisement $$$ at to blame. Everyone (every sportsman/women) is trying to be a perfect spoke model for the advertisements. I think this takes the edge out of the games. ( I get more pleasure of seeing the kids play on the street_)

    Posted on November 5th, 2009 at 8:51 am

  4. Stiletto Jen Said,

    Definitely agree! Kids on the street or in a high school…. even college level…. play with such a higher level of intensity because they are playing for the love of the game, not for the love of the cash or endorsement!
    Thanks for the comment!

    Posted on November 8th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

  5. SonicShadow Said,

    I have to disagree with you on this one. The NBA playoffs may be played in a series but I think that’s the best way to play out the playoffs. In the NCAA, the actual best team hardly ever wins the tournament. You can go 29-0 in the regular season, win your conference tournament and play one bad game and be finished. In the NBA the BEST team will win a 7 game series.

    Besides, it’s exciting to watch a close series in a playoff game because it makes upsets more meaningful. How often does a #8 seed knock off a #1 seed in a 7 game series? Not often, but to see that happen is pretty exciting. Say all you want about the NBA not having enough passion involved but its a major sport and every player on that court wants to bring home a trophy. I dont buy it.

    Posted on May 5th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

  6. Stiletto Jen Said,

    Very good points.
    There is just something about the sudden death of a tournament that makes it more thrilling. To me, it shows that you ahve to play your absolute best in every single game and you need to truly understand and never underestimate your opponent because if you do, they can shut you down and you are done.

    In a playoff series however, you can underestimate the team in one game but come back and overcome your weaknesses in the next. Granted, that takes an immense amount of talent to do as well, but I don’t like that. I think if you are going to be crowned the ebst, you need to play your best every time.

    Posted on June 27th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

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