I really don't know what to expect next year in the league. Teams will be trying to reduce payroll as the collective bargaining agreement renewal comes in to play. The owners are going into this preparing for a long work stopage, and don't want to get caught with many guaranteed contracts. So,the high end contracts just won't be there. Television ratings are way way down, and the league has got to try to stop the bleeding. If they don't find a way to pick up the scoring, ratings will continue to plummet. The future does not look good for this sport, as league management has been pretty inept.
As for me, I could not have cared less who won last night. The series couldn't even keep my attention. That is not the norm.