There is nothing like a Game 7. Players have no choice but to leave it all out on the court. There are only two sets of teams whose series have gone the distance during the first round of this altered, bubbled postseason.
If you saw last night’s Game 7 between the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets, you witnessed one of the tightest finales to a team’s season. [Sidebar- my daughter first was rooting for Utah because that was where Daddy got to go last summer to watch the Spurs play. She quickly jumped ship when she realized that Denver’s jerseys had a rainbow on them.]
The last 17.9 seconds saw a turnover by the Jazz, a missed layup by the Nuggets, and a buzzer-beating three ball by Mike Conley that would have given Utah a one point win rim out after teasing inside the hoop.
It was suspense at its best and two teams giving it their all.
But last night is nothing compared to tonight’s fireworks.
It’s Game 7 between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder. These two teams literally traded players to get these line-ups, so the grudge is palpable. And if you saw Game 6, you know it got chippy early. If you saw Game 5, you witnessed a double ejection when Dennis Schroder’s arm extended into the nether regions of P.J. Tucker.
But that sort of behavior is nothing new, Chris Paul has made an art of shaking opponents’ pompoms throughout the series.
This is it. Tensions will be high and it is “win or go home.”
I don’t think basketball fans will be treated to a more emotional, high-stakes playoff game while this delayed postseason trudges on in Orlando.
Don’t miss it fans. It’s gonna be a barn burner.
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