With the second round set to begin, almost every series had been set.Two game 7s will take place as the Pacers travel to Toronto hoping to upset the Raptors and Miami looks to defend home court against the buzzing Hornets, but we aren’t here to talk about that are we? We’re here to talk about what I think will be the most interesting series of the Playoff semi-finals.
The second seeded San Antonio Spurs will be taking on the third seeded OKC Thunder in a rematch of the 2014 Western Conference Finals. Last time these two met in the playoffs, we saw San Antonio advance in six on the way to their fifth championship. What about during the season? Both teams split the series 2-2.
Even though they split the series 2-2, San Antonio seems to have the clear advantage heading into this series. The Spurs are coming off their greatest season in franchise history after finishing 67-15, and they finished the season as the best defensive team in the NBA. They also feature the two time reigning Defensive Player Of the Year, Kawhi Leonard, arguably the best two way player in the game today. The Spurs also added and integrated flawlessly some guy by the name of LaMarcus Aldridge, just in case nobody knew. Oh yeah, and the Spurs still got their core of Manu, Tony Parker, and Tim Duncan that was able to handle the Thunder two years ago. Plus, they are coming off a full week of rest after handling their business in the first round in a sweep of the Grizzlies.
Don’t count the Thunder out though, they are bringing two of the top four players in the world. Westbrook and Durant have tortured teams all season, the Mavs being their latest victim, and they are looking for revenge against the Spurs. Durant has been terrific during his comeback season, he averaged 28 during the season and 26 throughout the first round. Westbrook has been continuing his dominance as if Durant never came back; he is a triple double machine, tying the regular season record set by Magic Johnson of 17. OKC have their problems though, they’ve blown the most fourth quarter leads in the NBA this season and many times their offense looks stagnant and nonexistent .
So who wins?
All signs point to San Antonio to pull this one out, but I’m sorry, I’m rocking with the Oklahoma City Thunder . The Thunder were my Finals pick, but that’s not the only reason I’m choosing them. The last time San Antonio played OKC in the playoffs, they didn’t see this Westbrook. Westbrook is leaps and bounds better than he was two years ago, and I think it’s gonna show during the series. Tony Parker is out classed in every way by Westbrook, and that’s gonna be the X-factor of the series. Durant and Kawhi are both superstars in their own right, so they will all but negate each other, but if Westbrook can dominate his point guard match-up, it’s going to be hell for the Spurs, and I believe it’ll be too much for them to get over.
OKC in Six