The Western Conference Playoffs Summarized For the Casual Fan
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 fleeting examination of what’s happened so far.
In round 1, the 2009 champions, the Los Angeles Lakers took on the Oklahoma City Thunder. While the Lakers were on a mission to return to the finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder were a young team looking to make a statement.
The series ended up going seven games, with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers emerging victorious.
The Utah Jazz faced the Denver Nuggets in the first round in addition. This was an emotional series for the Nuggets, who were missing their coach George Karl as he battles throat cancer. The Jazz took care of business and deleted the Nuggets 4 games to 2.
Also in round 1, the Portland Trailblazers squared off against the Phoenix Suns. This Suns team looked rejuvenated and like the Jazz, won this series 4-2.
The final round 1 matchup was a Texas showdown, as the Dallas Mavericks played the San Antonio Spurs. People thought this Spurs team was too old and the Mavericks were too hot, but the Spurs continued to silence the haters and took this series in 4-1.
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 Utah Jazz played the Los Angeles Lakers and had a similar fate to the Spurs. The Lakers came out with a vengeance and beat the Jazz in a quick four games. In a great series matchup, the Lakers are now playing the Phoenix Suns in an exciting, fast-paced matchup.