Last year, the impossible happened. A deficit so hopeless, only the extraordinary could conquer it. But a gutty shot and a stunning chase-down block later, and the dream was realized. A championship with its roots in the unexpected has now led to an NBA season where out-of-nowhere triumph is expected.
What will happen this year?
There’s just no predicting this game.
Every athlete faces their own battle at the start of the season. Champions battle complacency, last place teams battle doubt. Veterans battle father time and rookies battle perception.