NBA Western Conference Semi-Finals Preview

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Game One 5-14)

April 22, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Jordan Hill (27) and power forward Pau Gasol (16) defend Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook (0) in the first half of the game at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The Thunder are finally playing someone in the second round after dispatching the defending champs Dallas Mavericks in four games.  The Lakers had a game seven game series just finish up on Saturday and now have to play tonight against the Thunder.  Not exactly the best circumstances.  I think the Thunder will take care of the Lakers because Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are so tough together.  They both put up some points.  Then throw in Serge Ibaka in the middle, who’s a defensive beast, and the Lakers better come ready to play.  The Thunder are my NBA Finals pick to win it all, so I gotta go with them in this series.  I’m going with the Thunder to take care of things quickly and possibly easily.  *And I didn’t even think about mentioning the Artest elbow shot on James Harden, which I would imagine would be some motivation.

Prediction:  Thunder in 5 games



Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs (Game One 5-15)

Mar 9, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at the AT

The Clippers did what they needed to do to put away the Memphis Grizzlies, but will that be enough when facing the San Antonio Spurs?  I don’t think so. To me, the Spurs are just rolling along, and they can only seem to beat themselves if they get complacent or have an off night.  Looking at their record season record, that hardly happened.  Two different 11 game winning streaks is a sign of a well coached and well disciplined team.  I think this series could be a short one just like the first round series for the Spurs.  Tony Parker is playing awesome, and he could outplay Chris Paul.  Tim Duncan is Tim Duncan, you just know you’ll get what you get out of him.  Spurs should move on, possibly in yet another sweep.  But I’ll give the Clippers one game in this series.

Prediction:  Spurs in 5 games


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