I know what you’re thinking and, yes, I agree with you. The camera angle for this ESPN broadcast was way too zoomed out for watching this game to be anything other than a massive headache. Do they think we want the immersive experience of sitting in the very back of the upper bowl? I could barely see what was going on, and if I didn’t have a perfect encyclopedic knowledge of every NBA player from the last decade, I wouldn’t even know who the heck was on the court. Like, maybe the guy with beard is James Harden, but it could also be Julian Edelman. That guy flying around with the ponytail? Might be Kenneth Faried, but I would be more likely to think it was Mikki Moore.
The guy flopping, though, that’s definitely Chris Paul. And the guy with the 9th straight triple-double was definitely Wilt.
And then, to add insult to injury, instead of zooming in on the replay of Faried’s and-one, they zoomed OUT. Why. Why why why. I don’t have the world’s biggest monitor, so that replay was basically invisible for me, with a few vaguely red-orange-brown pixels that might have been the ball interacting with the whitish smudge that was the net.