Basketball

Conference Final Craziness

Conference ChampionshipsThus far in the NBA Playoffs, there have been a number of ups and downs for practically every team. When the dust settled and the Conference Finals were underway, there weren’t any surprises, with the same matchups as last year, and the four top seeds still remaining. However, now we are nearly a week into the first week of the Eastern and Western Conference Finals. The East and West are very different in how the teams stand as of now, though only 2 games into each series.

Starting off in the East, the series is tied up 1-1 heading back to Miami for games 3 and 4. After Indiana won the first game, many people thought that maybe this was the year that the Heat would be removed from the throne. The Heat, as history had suggested prior to game 2, bounced back and tied up the series at 1-1, stealing a game from the Indiana home court. Some of the stories that emerged from game 2 include the fact that Indiana star Paul George, was diagnosed with a concussion and his availability for game 3 Saturday still is unannounced. This series is just heating up, and the intrigue that it is a rematch from the Conference Finals last year and the fact that they tied up the season series 2-2 only make the next games more interesting.

Out West, however, is a different story as of right now. The San Antonio Spurs currently have a 2-0 lead in the Conference Finals. The Spurs thus far in the series have dominated in nearly every facet of the game. They were able to win last night 112-77. This made for the biggest playoff loss in the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise history. Thunder star Kevin Durant, who was league MVP and scoring champion of the year, was held to under 20 points. The Spurs have just seemed to have a gameplan that Oklahoma City simply hasn’t been able to answer. However, the Thunder have been in a similar situation to the Spurs.

In 2012, they found themselves down 2-0 and wound up winning the next 4 games to advance to the NBA Finals. Will history repeat itself? Or will the NBA’s winningest trio in the Playoffs advance to yet another NBA Finals? San Antonio has been the epitome of excellence for years and three of their key players have been a huge factor in the longevity of their success. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili have 111 playoff wins together, which is an all-time NBA playoff record for any trio together throughout the entire history of the league.

This weekend, these four squads will lock up yet again as they make their case for a shot at the title. Who will emerge victorious? Only one way to find out for sure! Be sure to join us for the big games this weekend!

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