For the NBA Western Conference Playoffs, this has been a tumultuous year. While some series has been decided in four games and some in seven, most of these series have been exhilarating. If you haven’t been paying attention, here’s a brief analysis of what’s happened so far.
The Oklahoma City Thunder faced the defending champions, the Los Angeles Lakers, in the first round. The Thunder are young and inexperienced, but you would never know, as they brought the Lakers to game 7.
The series ended up going seven games, with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers emerging victorious.
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.
The Phoenix suns were pitted against the pesky Portland Trailblazers in the first round. The Trailblazers are good, but the Suns played like winners behind their captain Steve Nash and ended up taking the series in six games.
The veteran San Antonio Spurs, in a major upset, usurped the #2 seed Dallas Mavericks. Mark Cuban will have nightmares for the entire offseason.
In the Western Conference semifinals, the San Antonio Spurs were pitted against the Phoenix Suns. Up until this year, the Spurs had won the last five playoff series against the Suns, however this time was different. The Suns played to make a statement and swept the Spurs in the feel-good story of the playoffs.
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.