May 21, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts to a play against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half in game five of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE
If you're like me, then you're more than a little tired of watching teams score 30-something points per half in the Eastern Conference playoffs and are ready for some teams that can actually shoot the ball to start playing again. So you'll be happy to know that after almost a week off, the Western Conference playoffs are back in business.
Today at SBNation there were several posts in anticipation of this series, which is feeling like the NBA Finals, since either of these teams would be favored to beat the Eastern Conference finalists, the Miami Heat or the Boston Celtics.
I myself wrote about what the Oklahoma City Thunder need to do in order to beat the San Antonio Spurs, no small task given that the Spurs have won 29 of their last 31 games (and one of those losses game with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili in street clothes).
Tom Ziller took the other case, and laid out what the Spurs need to do to beat the Thunder.
And Mike Prada went through what he considers to be seven keys to the Western Conference Finals.