Last night's finale of the NBA 2014 Season was totally immersive, thrilling, and emotional in all the right ways - but also sorely disappointing to those of us who have read the books the television series is based on. Many vital and important moments were cut from the narrative, some of which seemed absolutely necessary to the plot. And countless other things were changed - likely to streamline the complex storylines that litter the books. These are the 5 things that were changed that are probably driving book-readers up the wall right now.
5. In the books, Lebron shits his pants when the Heat are finally defeated
Who can forget the famous quote from the character Tim Duncan? "Lebron James, in the end, did not shit hot fire." Sadly, this scene was cut from the finale, likely out of worry that it might come across as juvenile. Still, sad to see it go.
4. There was no appearance from Coach Stoneheart
To reveal the true identity of Coach Stoneheart would in itself constitute a spoiler. Regardless, this mysterious and infamous character could have ended the game on a major cliffhanger that would have had audiences clamoring to see what happens during next season's NBA games.
3. Ray Allen was never guarded by Matt Bonner in the books
Although it was surely thrilling to see these two disparate characters face off on television, such an encounter never actually occurs in the books.
2. Tim Duncan's primary motivation for his blocks are his first wife, Amy Duncan
Questions about their divorce at the demands of his opponent, Lord Michael Beasley, is what originally drives Tim to Michael Beasley's chambers. Removing all mention of Amy from the proceedings leaves his arc next season ("Wherever ex-wives go") in question. We're sure Spurs coach Popovich is up to the task though!
1. Norris Cole never brings up the B-Ball of Joramun when treating with Manu Ginobli
Given the importance of this legendary b-ball in the books, we must question when (and if) it will be introduced into the storyline at all. If not, coach Popovich may have a completely different storyline planned out than the one from the books.