Yeah, a few years ago the playoffs were better, agreed. LeBron was a favourite to be in the finals, but look at the losses accrued by his teams to get there:
2012: 7 losses (going to 7 games vs Boston)
2013: 4 losses (but going to 7 games vs Indiana)
2014: 3 losses (getting spanked in the finals)
It was totally reasonable to think Miami might not make it to the finals in 2012 and 2013…completely unreasonable to think the Cavs wouldn’t in 2017. That’s what people are talking about.