in a competitive league there will be some bad nba finals matchups - this happens in every sport. The bar rising that you refer to is really only referring to an inevitable finals matchup of superteams. That is a different conversation than the evolution of the game.
if kd didn’t go to the team that knocked him out a year ago there might be an actual blend of competitiveness and elevated basketball…until the competitiveness picks up, the nba will be boring
not sure a pistons-pacers rockfight is worse than the current playoffs