Jun 06, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) and point guard Derek Fisher (right) react after a score against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half in game six of the Western Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Season Recap: Western Conference Northwest Division

Oklahoma City Thunder 47-19 (1st Place Northwest Division, 2nd Seed Western Conference)

Season is still going strong as the Thunder are heading to the NBA Finals with a great chance of taking it and winning their first NBA Title.

Denver Nuggets 38-28 (2nd Place Northwest Division, 6th Seed Western Conference)

This is a Nuggets team that finished strong to make the playoffs and grab hold of the sixth seed.  They put together a hard fought seven game series against the Los Angeles Lakers with a group of players that I have a hard time remembering.  Ty Lawson looks to be a stud for this team, so with a few more pieces around, the Nuggets can be a tough team to play in the West next season.
Utah Jazz 36-30 (3rd Place Northwest Division, 8th Seed Western Conference)

Utah Jazz Season Recap

Put together a good end of the season run to grab the eighth seed.  But then got swept away by a tough Spurs team.  Probably need some more pieces to this team, but there’s a small core of guys that can play good.

Portland Trailblazers 28-38 (4th Place Northwest Division, 13th in Western Conference)

Not a good season after high expectations were placed on this team. Lost Greg Oden yet again at the beginning of the year, and had other injuries hit their team.  Even fired the head coach after a Knicks game in March where they got routed. Probably need to get rid of some guys here and start over with this team.

Minnesota Timberwolves 26-40 (5th Place Northwest Division, 12th in Western Conference)

Losing Ricky Rubio really hurt this team as they looked to be on their way to a good season and a playoff run.  They never did recover the loss of Rubio even with Kevin Love doing all he could.  Love was a double double machine even with a couple games of 30 points and 20 rebounds.  But they really hit the wall in April where an 11 game losing streak hit them, and practically put them out of contention in the playoff race. Getting Rubio back next season and if Love continues this type of play should get the T’Wolves back to where they would like to be.

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