Well, that was anti-climactic and maybe even a little unsettling.
I will be able to look back on the season for the Penguins as a success in a few weeks. But the way the Penguins let a 3-1 series lead slip out of their grips like they did, floundering in games 5 and 6 in all phases and then letting multiple power play opportunities get away in game 7, that was disappointing.
I know they’ve enjoyed a great run of success and it’s a great accomplishment to have come this far without their top two offensive weapons in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. I expected them to win this series, especially after going up 3-1. So last night was a letdown.
The Sixers on the other hand, nobody really expected them to hang with the Heat. 4 of the 5 games were competitive games in which the Sixers had chances at the end to win, including last night. One of those the Sixers did win with an impressive 10-0 run at home on Sunday.
The Sixers are a young team with a great future. They’ll need to have an aggressive offseason to try to bring in one or two bona-fide stars.
For both of these teams, the season ends the same way the Eagles season ended: first round playoff exits.
If the Orioles season ends in the same way, I think that would be considered a huge success… one can dream.