318 Point game Good or Bad for NBA?

318 points in one game and it wasn’t even the NBA record.

The Phoenix Suns and New Jersey Nets played through 4 quarters and two overtimes until the Suns finally came out on top 161-157. The game was at the very least, one of the highest scoring games in NBA history and is raising even more questions than there already were about that new ball that everyone seems to hate. The game was completely offensively oriented with neither team really playing any defense what so ever. The game had 34 lead changes and 21 ties which just tells me that neither team was able to put 2 or 3 stops together on defense. I really wonder whether this game was good or bad for the NBA?

In the last year, the NBA has been critisized veferishly about their “secret” exploits to “improve” the game and get the results they want. Last year, the Miami Heat battled the Dallas Mavericks for the NBA championship and while I was extremely happy with the result (Miami in 6…Wade MVP), I couldn’t help but wonder what was going on. Throughtout the entire playoffs but much more so in the Finals, the calls seemed to be going Wades way all the time. Many people believed that Stern was trying to influence the outcome of the series through the referees so that he would never have to hand the NBA championship to Mark Cuban (aka “The Anti-Stern”). End result…Miami wins and Cuban goes home empty handed. Stern couldn’t be happier. This year, Stern introduces a new ball and nevermind what its “supposed” to do. We all know that Stern and the NBA has wanted more scoring for a while and with scoring up in the NBA this year (exeplified by this 318 point game), its pretty clear what this ball was really meant to do.

The game was good and bad for the NBA depending on where your looking at it from. From a general perspective the game was great because of how much publicity it generated for the sport. Unfortunately, the game was terrible for serious basketball fans because of how little it exemplified what we love about the NBA. Where was the defense? Seriously, where was it?

Either way you look at it, there is at least one person happy with the game’s outcome…but honestly, I am a little tired of sacrificing the fundamental values of our sport just to make Comissioner Stern happy.


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2 Responses to “318 Point game Good or Bad for NBA?”

  1. LOS Says:

    DID YOU WATCH THE GAME??????? IT WAS RAINING
    JUMPERS AND FAST BREAKS. BOTH WAYS! THERE IS
    NO DEFENSE FOR THAT, NOT WHEN BOTH TEAMS ARE
    GOING FULL THROTTLE. BUT HOW CAN YOU QUESTION
    IF THAT GAME WAS GOOD FOR THE LEAGUE. YOU GOT
    THE 2 BEST PASSERS IN THE GAME GOING BLOW FOR
    BLOW AND EVERYONE ELSE ON THE COURT BENEFITING
    FROM THEIR BRILLIANCE. I WOULD HAVE TO SAY
    THAT IS GREAT FOR THE NBA. WE ALL KNOW WE
    WILL SEE MORE THAN ENOUGH DEFENSE IN THE
    PLAYOFFS SO LET THE REGULAR SEASON BE AS
    OFFENSIVE AS POSSIBLE, PLEASE. IF THERE’S ONE
    THING WE SHOULD ALL APPRECIATE ABOUT STERN IT
    IS THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE SCORING INCERASE
    LEAGUE WIDE. THANK GOODNESS FOR THAT.

  2. TwinsFANaddict Says:

    does scoreing really make the game better to me it really only makes the game higher scoring.


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