For the first time in years, we won't witness any big-market teams go at it to earn basketball's ultimate honor. And, while that could be boring for casual fans, most people believe that it's actually good for the game.
LeBron James Says The Phoenix Suns Will Win The NBA Finals
It's not a secret that LeBron James and Chris Paul hold a close friendship since they made it to the league. It's not unusual to see them together on vacation alongside Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony.
This is why it doesn't come as a surprise to see that The King is rooting for his lifelong friend, as he showed on Twitter right after the Suns took the first game of the series on Tuesday night.
The Suns look like a slightly better team and Giannis Antetokounmpo's knee could be a huge concern for the Bucks. Nonetheless, Mike Budenholzer's team managed to fight through adversity over and over in the playoffs.
Chances are that this series will go to 7 games even if the Suns go ahead and take Game 2 tonight. The Bucks are just too good at home and coach Bud has made some nice - although not always timely - adjustments during the series.
So, maybe, we'll get to watch LeBron James on the sidelines rooting for his friend and giving him a few pointers, as not many people on Earth know what it's like to play at that stage as well as James does.