With the first-round of the playoffs underway, the most noticeable difference in the games has been the addition of nearly full crowds. Although it ultimately didn’t help much, it was comforting to hear so many more Miami Heat fans in attendance and cheering loudly, at least during the few times the team played well in Games 3 and 4, after the team announced capacity at the AmericanAirlines Arena would be increased to 17,000 for the playoffs. This was double the original projection the NBA had previously set for the postseason and hopefully the team will have a true home court advantage for next season when attendance is expected to be at regular (or as close to it as possible) capacity.
According to the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, more than 50 percent of fans around the country said the inclusion of fans has significantly improved the viewing experience, only 16 percent said it hasn’t improved the experience at all.
With the rest of fans around the country watching at home, there is no shortage of great opening round series to enjoy. 30 percent of fans around the country believe the Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers series is the best of the group.
The New York Knicks series against the Atlanta Hawks is the next most popular choice, with 21 percent of the vote. Eight percent of fans picked the Heat’s surprisingly brief series against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Similarly, 26 percent of fans believe the Suns best display the characteristics of a successful team. Just one percent of optimistic fans picked the Heat last week before they were the first playoff team to be eliminated.
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