One of the beautiful aspects of the postseason, in any sport, is that each level of competition brings more scrutiny, more intensity, more passion, and more attention than the previous level.
Game 7 in the East finals was a terrific environment, but it's not close to Game 1 of the "Ring Round." New pressures set up a new stage for heroes ... and goats. The past is just that, for failure here is forever remembered. So it was in Game 1, where one team played the last quarter with a better combination of skill and effort, while the other remained in cruise control seemingly the entire game.