SZNAP CHAT – JULY 15
By Adam Sznapstajler

NBA FINALS RECAP

Tied 2-2, the NBA finals has come down to a best-of-three matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns. For a Finals that has many casual fans groaning about a lack of star power and lower ratings, there have been many interesting story lines. I thought I would go over my Top 5 here:

1-Can the Bucks come back?

One of the more astounding statistics I have learned in the past few days is that only four teams in NBA history have come back from down 0-2 in the series. After winning both games at home, the Bucks need to win one out of their next two road games with their home game to win the series. Unfortunately, besides Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks players have not performed well on the road. But all it takes is one great Kris Middleton effort or a transcendent Giannis game for the ages to send the series in the Bucks direction.

2-Can Chris Paul win a Championship?

One of the longest running storylines in the NBA is Chris Paul’s inability to make it past the conference finals. Well, he has done that this season and is on his way to winning his first championship. I already believe Paul is the second best point guard of all time behind Magic Johnson and this will only cement that. It did seem that Paul had an issue with his hand in Game 4 but, hopefully, he can move past that to get his elusive ring.

3-The new NBA

For the first time since the year 1998, the Finals has not included a team named the Heat, Lakers, Spurs, or Warriors. It is refreshing to see new faces in the final and guarantee that we can even have the next best player in the league, Giannis, win a championship or the respected future Hall of Famer, CP3, get his. I have seen that people want to put Giannis above Lebron if he wins this season, but I would pump the brakes on that. You cannot trust this post-Covid season as a true litmus test.

4-NBA Ratings

As touched on above, the NBA is experiencing the worst ratings in the Finals besides last year’s bubble playoffs. I think that is because a lot of casual fans tune out when their team is eliminated and Lebron, KD, etc. are sent packing.

It is interesting to me that people do not put Giannis or CP3 on that level. One is a two-time MVP, and the other is a surefire Hall of Famer. I guess people only get up for LeBron. I think, now that the series is tied 2-2 and people cannot say it is not a good series, that more will come watch.

5-My Prediction

Before the series began, I was thinking Suns in 5.  Since the Bucks have already won twice, math dictates that is not possible. So, I will go with the next best thing! I think the Suns will put a dominant performance in Game 5 at home to set up the closer in Milwaukee where, led by Chris Paul, the Suns will win a close game to secure the championship.

Check out my weekly column every Tuesday unless Low Ball calls another audible!  Until then, sayonara from South Florida!