Looks like it the East’s turn to catch up this time around as Western heavy-hitters Spurs and Thunder make short work of their semis adversaries—disposing the L.A. Clippers and Lakers in 4 and 5 games, respectively. Whatever we say in the following paragraphs, what’s most apparent is that it’s not a good time to be an L.A. fan right now.
Thus begins the West Finals between two teams whose only readily-observable difference is age. The Spurs are the longtime pillars of NBA excellence, and winners of four NBA championships under Coach Gregg Popovich and future Hall-of-Famer Tim Duncan.
The Thunder meanwhile is a team formerly known as an upstart, now fully grown—with the kind of wins that prove as much. Or haven’t you been watching Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant’s monstrous play of late?
The Spurs and the Thunder are the two best teams in the West—not just in these Playoffs, but in the regular season as well. Witness: They finished first and second with a record of 50-16 and 47-19 respectively. Save for one loss to the Lakers, Oklahoma would have made it to the West Finals like the Spurs did, that is, in sweep fashion.
In the previous rounds, it was easy to identify the underdog. In this last round before the NBA Finals, we really don’t have a clue. Both teams are peaking at just the right time, are feeling undefeatable at the moment, have roster depth, and will be well-rested once the games start on May 28, Monday, Manila time.
Who will win? Your guess is as good as ours, but here’s our take on how one team will triumph over the other. Rest assured, amazing is about to happen.
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