This is the concluding part of the series, The New Kind of NBA Playoffs.
Championship Series: (best-of-7)
(4) Detroit Pistons vs. (2) Phoenix Suns
Game 1- The first game will be taken by the Suns, 114-109. Steve Nash will continue putting up 20 points and 10 assists game in and game out. Marion will have trouble scoring on Tayshaun and visa versa. Sheed will have a subpar game not shooting well from the outside and not getting anything inside on Kurt Thomas or Amare.
Game 2- The Suns are known for having bad 2nd games of series and this one won't be any different. Detroit will take it 100-92 with the Suns not really in it as much as the score indicates. Chauncey will turn it on in game 2 making his presence known hitting key 3s in the beginning to propel the Pistons to a lead early and Phoenix could not recover.
Game 3- The Pistons will take a second consecutive win in the series 108-105. Nash had a shot at the buzzer to send it into overtime but the long arms of Prince were too much to get off a good shot. Sheed will finally have a good game but Rip Hamilton who had a big 2nd game was very quiet.
Game 4- Phoenix will take this to tie up the series at 2 games a piece. It was a close game until Phoenix pulled away at the end in a suprising low-scoring game, 96-84. Raja Bell, who wasn't doing much the whole series will come out of nowhere for 25+ points. Amare will continue his dominance down low which was shown before in Games 1 and 2.
Game 5- Phoenix will win their second in a row, 122-117 in the highest scoring game of the series so far. The big storyline of the game had nothing to do with the Suns, but with Rip Hamilton, who had his mid-range J going all game long in which he scored 32 points.
Game 6- In an elimination game for the Pistons, Boris Diaw stepped up for the first time all series being the x-factor doing it all: scoring, passing, and rebounding. The Bad Boys lost this to the uptempo Suns, 111-107 in an exciting game that went into overtime. It went back and forth in regulation until Chauncey Billups hit a three that seemingly put the game away with four seconds to play. Everyone knew who the ball was going to after the Phoenix timeout: Steve Nash. They inbounded the ball to him and he ran off a Shawn Marion screen but was doubled and passed to a wide-open Leandro Barbosa on the wing who drained the shot to send it into overtime. Then in overtime, Kurt Thomas stepped up shutting down Rasheed Wallace who was hot at that time. Then on the offense Phoenix ran the break until they got a very good look which they knocked down most of the time. Detroit was responding until the very end when they couldn't hold it together and lost by 4 points.
The reason I had the Suns win this fantasy playoffs was very simple: less games. They also run out of gas in the long series using their uptempo offense. But with the shorter series, the playoffs is almost taylored towards the Suns. Anyways, I think this would be a good idea to increase the popularity of the NBA Playoffs and have people NOT lose interest in it. Thanks for reading.