Western Conference Finals Preview
The Western Conference Finals are here and we have a tremendous matchup. This matchup is between the first seeded San Antonio Spurs and the second seeded Oklahoma City Thunder. It promises to be a high scoring shootout for every game in the series. I wouldn’t be surprised if each game shows no defense whatsoever. A team can score 110 points and still lose. That’s how great each teams offense is. Some people even think this conference finals matchup can be better than the NBA Finals matchup, no matter what that matchup ends up being. Without further ado, here’s who I think will represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals and play for the NBA Championship.
#2 Oklahoma City Thunder @ #1 San Antonio Spurs: The matchup that everyone can’t wait to see. Two high scoring offenses with two all world point guards. The matchup within this matchup that everyone wants to see is indeed at the point guard position. The Spurs throw out 30-year-old, two-time NBA Champion, Tony Parker, and the Thunder throw out 23-year-old, lightning quick, young gun, Russell Westbrook. These are two top five point guards going at it in the conference finals. Neither of these two players can make a critical mistake or else the other will surely make them pay. Both guys can find many ways to score and play great defense and are very disruptive. Tony Parker has played Devin Harris of the Utah Jazz and a banged up Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers so far in these playoffs. Russell Westbrook has played Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks and Ramon Sessions of the Los Angers Lakers. So I give Westbrook the slight upper hand in playing tougher competition. I think Russell Westbrook is the best point guard in the NBA, so I think he has the upper hand in this matchup.
We also can’t forget the matchup off the bench. Oklahoma City boasts the 2011-2012 Sixth Man Of The Year, James Harden, and San Antonio boasts another top sixth man candidate in Manu Ginobili. Ginobili shoots the three-point ball as good as anyone in this series. Ginobili also finds open players well and delivers crazy rifle passes to the open man. Harden does everything well, he can score so much, that he garners so much attention that it leaves other players open and allows him to get his assists. He can also rebound pretty well. Just like his starting teammates Westbrook and Kevin Durant, Harden is a triple double threat off the bench.
Then there’s Kevin Durant, the three-time reigning scoring champion. He is always a perennial MVP candidate and can di anything you ask for on the court. I really don’t see how the Spurs can guard him. You can’t put Tim Duncan on him because Duncan won be able to keep up with him. I don’t think they can put rookie Kawhi Leonard on Durant, that’s a big responsibility for a rookie and a big step up and I don’t think Leonard can handle guarding a player like Kevin Durant yet. All in all, I think Durant is going to have a tremendous series and nothing will stop him from doing everything that’s needed to reach the NBA Finals. It’ll definitely be a close series though.