The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics will play Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight to determine which team will move on to play the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals.
NBA.com, the official site of the league, thinks that “true hoops” fans would prefer the Heat and Thunder play in the Finals instead of the Celtics.
It is no secret that the NBA likes their ratings and a LeBron-Durant, Heat-Thunder NBA Finals would put those ratings through the roof. It would be good for the league.
But for the league’s official website to have a headline suggesting that a Heat-Thunder Finals would be better seems a little off.
There are plenty of conspiracy theories about the NBA out there and how the league maybe pulls strings to have its stars in the biggest markets and on the biggest stages.
This headline doesn’t mean the game is going to be fixed tonight but who is going to be surprised if LeBron shoots 20 free throws tonight? What if LeBron and Dwyane Wade go to the line 35 times? That seems pretty likely.
But the Heat aren’t playing just anybody tonight. The Boston Celtics are as respected as any team in the league and have one of the best fan bases as well.
The Celtics have also over the past two years been a team has at times been able to get away with physical play on LeBron and Wade.
The fix shouldn’t be in tonight. Either the Heat or the Celtics will make a great NBA Finals against the Thunder.
Well, maybe LeBron-Durant would be better.