Unless you’re a fan of a team going to the conference finals or a masochist, chances are that you’re not going to look back at the first two rounds of the 2017 NBA Playoffs with great reverence.
Of the ten series that have been completed, four have been sweeps while another went five games. Even the longer six and seven-game series have mostly featured teams exchanging blowouts.
We’ve had one Game 7 between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers, which was a blowout. But even before the blowout, it lacked that special feeling. After all, they were only playing for the right to face the Warriors. So, it was kind of like getting a colonoscopy as a birthday present.
Strangely enough, Cleveland’s sweep of the Indiana Pacers has been one of the most compelling series of the postseason thus far, which is pretty telling.
That got us to thinking. How can we make the NBA playoffs fun?
It may by finding a way to limit the dominant teams. Then again, it could be finding a way to add more great teams. Maybe it comes down to changing a rule, either in the playoffs or the games themselves. Of course, maybe finding a way to ignite rivalries is the ticket.
We think we’ve got something for everyone here. What are five things that can be done to make the NBA Playoffs fun again?