Game On…with Rob Kriete! – JULY 13
I’m the sort of guy who likes to order from the daily specials on a menu and likes to sample new brews from various local breweries. Some differences for the palate are preferred over the norm. To that end, I am thoroughly enjoying the NBA Finals with a couple of teams, the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns, so far locked in a “home team wins” scenario.
The Suns lost the NBA Championship in 1976 and again in 1993 and have never been champions. In comparison, the Bucks of Milwaukee haven’t been to the finals since 1973 after winning it all in 1971. So the Suns and Bucks are the new items on the menu and, as far as I’m concerned, I like it.
The legendary coach, Pat Riley, always preached that an NBA Finals doesn’t begin until a road team wins a game. If that is true, and I have always liked this statement, this series has yet to start. So far, three games into the best-of-seven series, the home team has won every game thus far, leaving me with anticipation for the conclusion of this series.
The Bucks have the momentum after winning the last one in Wisconsin. Superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, who helped turn Milwaukee into a legitimate contender, has led the Bucks with timely shots and defensive stops.
The Suns have veteran star Chris Paul leading their team while making his first trip to an NBA Finals during a prolific career. Paul has looked spectacular while playing at home while struggling on the road.
Part of what makes this series so compelling is the fact that I find both of these superstars and teams likable. I am somehow rooting for both of these NBA greats in this series and am loving every minute of it. If I had to wager, I would pick the Bucks to win it in seven games, but that would entail winning the last contest on the road. To Pat Riley’s point, can a series begin and end after a seven-game series?
What do you think, fans?
Be safe, everyone.