The finality of the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics series was Saturday night’s game seven which ended in a Celtics victory by the score of 109-99. Then almost 98% of the time, someone from ESPN/Fox Sports/Blogodome decided to call it the “greatest series or the greatest first round series ever played.”
Now, I’m not going to complain about that it was not a entertaining series and possibly might be the best series that we might see this season, this is nowhere even close to the best first round series of all-time.
The 1989 Cavaliers-Bulls match-up had the “shot”, the 2007 Warriors-Mavericks had more excitement since no one expected a number eight seed to take out a 67-win team, the 1984 Knicks-Pistons series which included the duel between Bernard King and Isiah Thomas. I could keep going but I figure that it might bore you a bit. (Honestly, there are a lot more.)
Why do we figure that this one was the greatest of all-time? Well, there seems to be two factors here. The first one is the amount of overtime games that the Celtics and Bulls had. It included seven overtime which was most in NBA history for a series. I’m not going to doubt that watching an overtime game is entertaining but most of these overtime games were filled with bad shots and bad decision-making. The lack of fouling by Chicago up by three in double overtime in game six is still haunting me as we speak.
The ESPN factor has to be there when judging the series since we like to use the Worldwide leader as our measuring stick. These are the top two of the three locations that ESPN loves to pimp out. Why would ESPN not to try and pimp this series as the greatest ever? Sure, there are other sources saying that the series is one of the best that they have ever seen but these were the same people saying that the Mavericks-Warriors was the best first round series that they have ever seen two years ago. We flip-flop because it is the current “it” moment.
The lack of a single memorable moment does hurt the series. Sure there was Noah’s dunk which ended in a three-point play in game six, Allen’s 51 point performance in game 6, Gordon’s game tying three to send it to double-overtime in game four, and Allen’s game winner in game two. However, there is no clear-cut moment that I will remember from this series since Boston took the series. If it was Chicago, then I would at least have a memorable moment on some level.
Will we remember this series in about four months? To be honest, I will not and I have a feeling that a fair amount of you will do the same. Sure it will be fresh in the minds of Bulls and Celtics fans but they will tend to forgot it in Chicago due to the Bulls loss and the Celtics fans will forget about the series if the Celts do not win an NBA title.
Is it the most memorable first round series right now? Yep, it is. Will it be the most overrated first round series ever? It might be but only until we find another one to replace it with.