Originally posted by susweel:
Everyone knows 82 game schedule is harder. I mean don't get me wrong they still won the title but it will have an asterisk by it.
I think a season that's as compacted as this one was is harder. Tons of back-to-backs, and even some back-to-back-to backs. To put it in perspective, you know how many full practices Ramon Sessions had with the Lakers before the playoffs? One. That's all there was time for.
Part of the reason that I picked Miami to win it all this year was because the compacted schedule would lessen the importance of strategy & game planning, and that would mean that the most talented team (Miami) would have a greater advantage. Just very little time to game plan. Mark Cuban made some interesting comments in the video below about how Dallas helped take LeBron out of his comfort zone last year. This year, teams didn't have the time to develop secondary defenses throughout the season, like the zones with different wrinkles that Cuban's talking about here. Everything was really meat & potatoes this year on both sides of the ball.
Everyone played under the same framework though, and Miami won fair and square. The only thing I would say is that coaching mattered less this year and both talent & continuity mattered more. The latter being what explains San Antonio's success IMO, and the fact that each of the Final Four teams made no major changes from last year to this year. Same core, same coach.