Finals Season Comes Hot Out of the Gate

Posted by Jack Tumen

Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

…And suddenly it was June.

The NHL and NBA Playoffs have reached their respective pinnacles; two tales of greatness that run parallel to one another. One series showcases a blue-collar underdog (literally) against a physical juggernaut. The other boasts two of the best franchises in modern sports clashing at the finish line for the second consecutive year.

In the Stanley Cup Finals, the Rangers came out of the gate like California Chrome in game 1. Two early goals by New York sent a message to L.A. that the Rangers had come to play; and the Kings received that message.

In typical Kings fashion, L.A. used physicality and brute strength to tire out the Rangers while scoring three unanswered goals en route to an overtime victory. There’s nothing quite like playoff hockey.

But oh, the drama in game 1 of the NBA finals. Forget the fact that the series is a rematch; the Heat actually couldn’t take the heat. With the air conditioning failing in the AT&T Center, temps were upward of 90 degrees inside the arena. Every person in that stadium was sweating bullets; the fans were fanning themselves with the team programs; Bill Simmons looked like a tomato during the half time show; it made for a great storyline…

Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Andy Lyons/Getty Images

…But then LeBron cramps up in the 4th quarter. In what was a tight game through and through, the best player in the world cramps up so badly he can barely walk. Heck, his teammates had to carry him to the bench. It was just one of those moments. I’m gonna have that image of LeBron limping off the court engraved in my head forever. It made for quite the dramatic scene. And if Miami ends up winning the series? Boy that’ll look good in a 30 for 30.

It’s anyone’s guess as to what happens next…

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