A Synopsis of the NBA Western Conference Playoffs
While the Eastern Conference playoffs have been disappointing this year, the NBA Western Conference Finals has been complete of feel good stories. There have been sweeps and 7 game series, both of which have been very enjoyable. Here is a fleeting examination of all the games that have taken place so far in the Western Conference Playoffs.
In the first round, the Los Angeles Lakers faced the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Laker’s coach Phil Jackson got this series off to a heated start by making cheap shots about the way that Thunder star Kevin Durant plays the game, insisting he lives at the foul line.
Being the defending champions, the Lakers earned the right to be confident going into the playoffs, but it would not be an easy path to the second round. The Thunder took the Lakers to 7 games, ultimately losing, but letting the world know that they will be a contender for years to come.
In a matchup of I couldn’t care less, the Utah Jazz were able to beat out the Denver Nuggets in X games. I don’t know what it is about the Utah Jazz, but I really just don’t like this team. Williams is great but I just don’t find them entertaining.
In the first round, the Phoenix Suns played the Portland Trailblazers and won in substantial fact in 6 games.
The veteran San Antonio Spurs, in a major upset, usurped the #2 seed Dallas Mavericks. Mark Cuban will have nightmares for the complete offseason.
And then there were the Phoenix Suns. The Suns faced their longtime rivals, the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. However, it is quite the lopsided rivalry as the Spurs have won nearly every time they have faced each other in recent years. This time couldn’t have been more different, as the Suns swept by the Spurs 4-0. It was their time.
The Lakers took on the Jazz in the second round and swept them in 4 games. It was never close. Now the Lakers and the Suns are battling it out in another exciting matchup.