How the West is Won: What to Watch for in the NBA Western Conference Finals
Throughout the condensed 66-game regular NBA season (in normal seasons without lock-outs there are 82 games), cialis the Western Conference was dubbed the ‘wild west’ due to the unpredictability of teams over the course of the regular season. But here we are in the second-to-last round of the NBA Playoffs – the Conference Finals – and the NBA’s Western Conference Finals match-up ended up being exactly what most people expected to see. The West pits their top two teams from the regular season, illness the Oklahoma City Thunder, the #2 seed and the San Antonio Spurs, the #1 seed. Two very talented basketball teams that feature a number of big personalities and rising stars.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Why they will win… This team has been favored to make it to the championship since day 1. The OK City Thunder are extremely athletic and have two of the most exciting young players in the NBA in forward Kevin Durant and point guard Russell Westbrook not to mention the NBA’s best bench player in James Harden.
Russell Westbrook also happens to be one of the most fashion-forward players in the NBA – so stick around for the interesting fashion choices this guy is sure to make in press conferences.
Why they will lose… They will be facing an experienced Spurs team that is on fire and won 2 of the 3 regular season match-ups between the 2 teams by double-digits.
San Antonio Spurs: Why they will win… This team has the experience to win another title, despite many of their key players in the final years of their NBA careers. The Spurs won the NBA Title in 2003, 2005 and 2007 with many of the same players on the team. They already took game 1 against the Thunder on Sunday night and are currently riding a 19-game win streak dating back to the regular season! Under the tutelage of legendary coach Greg Poppavich, the Spurs are led by their All-Star staples of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobli and Tony Parker (ex-husband of Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria).
Why they will lose… Their age will catch up with them. This was a concern going into the compacted season but the Spurs, one of the oldest teams in the NBA (total combined ages of players) were able to tie for the best regular season record. This match-up will be the classic story of age and wisdom vs. youth and unpredictable.
The winner of this series will face the winner of Eastern Conference Finals match-up currently being played between the Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, the final round of the NBA Playoffs.
About the author: Dan Kane, our resident sports guy, is your modern-day renaissance sports man. From bar tending, to coaching and running youth athletic camps, there isn’t much time that Dan isn’t completely submerged in all things sports. Born in Oak Park IL, Dan is a diehard Bears, Sox, Hawks and Bulls fan and rarely misses a game. After graduating from Marquette University in 2007, Dan began Legacy Sports Camp, a youth sports company that runs programs for thousands of kids of all ages in the Chicagoland area. Learn more about Legacy Sports Camp at www.legacysportscamp.com