The fact that the NBA refers to the part of their regular season after their all-star break as “the second half” is absurd.
This season, teams had already played 58 or 59 games of their 82-game season. That is at least 70 percent of their schedule. They just need to call it what it is: “the last 20 games of the season.”
Oh wait, they want you to forget about the almost 35 games they play before Christmas. That’s if you’re even paying attention. Who would be? The NFL’s in full swing. Baseball is playing the World Series during this time. And, of course, how can I forget about the juggernaut that is Major League Soccer? People only start watching the NBA on Christmas Day, when The Association takes over ABC and ESPN with five games. By the time tip-off happens, you’re so sick of A Christmas Story and White Christmas, you need something to break up the monotony of curdling egg nog, Mr. Cookie, and the dog choking on glittery ribbons. You’re also too drunk on ham and deviled eggs to realize that they’ve played 35 games by the time they get to Christmas.
No, I’m absolutely not describing my own Christmas. Why do you ask?
Anyway, here to discuss the second half of the NBA season is Cal “GameFace” Lee. Cal co-hosts The Baseline NBA Podcast with Warren Shaw and is one of my favorites from the Maximus & The Bartender days.