By Stefan Anderson
Now that the 82 games have been played and teams had made the last minutes adjustments it time to bring home what you play every season for, A NBA Championship. Although, the Eastern Conference packs a great value of entertainment, the best games throughout the playoffs are on the Western Conference playoffs. The first could knock off a potential powerhouse or help a good excel for a final push after competing with a team with the same potential.
Here are my first round predictions for the Western Conference.
- 1. Spurs vs. 8. Mavericks: The Texas showdown has brought some of the greatest battles throughout the past decades and will provide some exciting games this year as well. I have the Spurs winning in 6 games, I believe that Spurs will ultimately win the series but I believe Dirk has a few more magical games left in him. Dallas doesn’t possess enough talent and star power to compete with the perennial winners in San Antonio.
- 2. Thunder vs. 7. Grizzlies: This has been a great battle between the two teams in the past 3 years and can alter the outcome of this year’s playoffs as well. As the majority of NBA fans believed the Thunder will reach their redemption after being the defeated by the Miami Heat in the 2012 Finals, the Grizzlies were there to kill their championship dreams. The tough paint play with Gasol and Z-Bo versus Ibaka and Perkins should, 1990’s style of banging down low. The Grizzlies do have two defenders in Tayshaun Prince and Tony Allen who can help to slow down to be named MVP Kevin Durant, but have no answer for the X-Factor Russell Westbrook. OKC in 6 tough, brutal games.
- 3. Clippers vs. 6. Warriors: High scoring, highlights, high flying, intensity on the highest points, this should be the most interesting series out of all the playoff series. The matchup between CP3 and Steph Curry should be a lot of ankle breaking, high floaters and 3 pointers that you wouldn’t hit in a game of H-O-R-S-E. This series will include some of the best games seen throughout this year’s playoffs but will end in game 7 loss for the Warriors as they will have a tough time containing Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan without their big man Andrew Bogut.
- 4. Rockets vs. 5. Blazers: Two of the NBA’s quietest teams this season and I believe this series will be overlooked as well. While the two teams mirror each other, this series should be another one that goes down to the wire as well. With the matchup of Patrick Beverly guarding Damian Lillard and Howard versus Aldridge, this should be a good matchup on both sides. The X- Factor will be how Rip City contains James Harden, and I don’t believe they will be able to, so I have the Rockets in 6.
With so much excitement and buildup, the 2014 playoffs will be a beauty to watch. I can’t wait to tune in and watch “Where Amazing Happens”.