It's OK to admit the NBA conference finals haven't exactly been riveting. But any basketball trumps none at all. If the current patterns continue, that's the plight NBA fans face for eight days.
The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers hold commanding 3-0 leads in their respective best-of-seven series. Stephen Curry and the Warriors can finish off the Houston Rockets Monday night. LeBron James and the Cavaliers can end the Atlanta Hawks' season Tuesday.
For those not looking at a calendar, Tuesday is May 26. Game 1 of the NBA Finals is scheduled for June 4.
Having such a long break is the opposite of ideal, at least for the public, the league and various broadcasting partners (The players dealing with aches and pains are surely cool with some rest time, though over a week is extreme.). That's why the NBA is reportedly looking at moving up the finals. From CBS Sports' Ken Berger:
The NBA is exploring the possibility of moving up the start of the NBA Finals to June 2 if both conference finals series end in sweeps, league sources told CBSSports.com Sunday.
It’s complicated and unlikely, sources say, based on television commitments, hotel capacities, international media travel and other considerations. One person familiar with the discussions described them as being in the “very early exploration” stage.
One obvious potential issue would be arena conflicts, but there are no scheduled events at either Oracle Arena or Quicken Loans Arena that would make changing the start date of the Finals problematic from a building perspective.
Now, the Rockets and Hawks could help the cause by actually winning a game or two (We won't assume four seeing as no NBA team has ever rallied from an 0-3 hole to win a series). Otherwise, don't expect a change for the finals. Too many moving pieces, as Berger mentioned.
All of that should provide all non-Warriors and Cavaliers fans to root for the Rockets and Hawks, at least for a game or two. Some basketball, even if not the most compelling brand, is better than none.