Congratulations to Denver Nuggets on being the 2022-23 Western Conference Champions. They indeed showed their supremacy in the conference final which ended on May 22. Nuggets’ players were on fire from the onset of the Series and supremely defeated the Los Angeles Lakers (LAL) in a 4-0 sweep to win the Conference. Nuggets have been resting (I hope) patiently waiting for the outcome of the Eastern Conference which ended on Monday, May 29th.
What a Season
What a Playoff!! Never say never or is’t never say die? The Season was very unpredictable. During the Season, the Conferences leadership toggled between Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets for the West and Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics for the East till injury leveled it up and produced Denver and Bucks as the Season’s #1 Conference seeds respectively.
Who would have thought that Milwaukee Bucks will be out in the first round of Playoff, or that the defending champions Golden State Warriors would not make it into the semi finals? Not to talk of all the negative wagers about Lakers not making it into the first round with their 0-12 season starting record only to be the team contesting in the Western Conference final. Or the Heat who barely made the 500 cut-off now being the Eastern Champs semifinals? And the hottest of the Western Conference, Phoenix Suns, would be ousted out so soon despite acquiring one of the League’s best KD? What happened is anyone’s guess. I wonder what the players are saying or feeling after the loss. Or like the Warriors would say, “it’s on to the next” season?
The mood of Denvers’ four games against the Lakers was oppressive. They played relentlessly with a surge of energy not seen during the season making the likes of LBJ, AD, Hachimora, Russell, seem like high school ballers. At the end of each game, Nugget players looked like they could go on another game or two.
As I previously stated, this Season was erratic. Miami Heat dealt a devastating blow to the home team and fans of Boston Celtics at the beginning of the Eastern Finals. What happened was still anyone’s guess. Of course it was an equal match in my opinion, but if we have to put it in the context of the seeds’ numbers, Boston ought to win their games at home and some. But that wasn’t the case.
Anywho, after the two game losses at home, Boston rallied immensely to retaliate against Miami Heat and impressively win their next three games of the Series. Unfortunately, they couldn’t hold it on again to finish at home, leaving number-seven-seed Miami Heat as winner and Eastern Conference Champ.
Who wins the League Finals
While the Season is over for the twenty-eight other teams, it’s just starting for the Conference champs. Season’s Finals begin today! With extreme passion and surge, the Finals is bound to be exhilarating.
While Miami had won the Larry O’ Brien Cup thrice (2006, 2012, and 2013) previously, Denver had never and hadn’t being in the playoffs since 2004. The lag differences in championship wins and playoffs attained however does not qualify one team over the other, but might mean that one team is more desperate to win than the other. But desperation alone doesn’t win games. We’ve also watched and witnessed that the games haven’t been won on skills alone; else, several other teams would have qualified for the Finals.
What then wins the game? A combination of several factors, including the referees and coaches, minimizing turnovers and fouls, good shots, speed, decisiveness, etc. Despite all these factors in place, only one team will win the championship.
Nonetheless, we can state that Denver is indeed chasing history having come this far.
ThinkTalk wishes both Nuggets (Western #1 Seed) and Heat (Eastern #7 Seed) the very best of the Series. The Series begin today. Check your local television stations for times. Games can be watched on the NBA App as well. It is going to be fire and a must-watch Series. I hope you join in to watch history being made.
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