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.