By Josh Kramer
Let’s not beat around the bush. The Western Conference semifinals were a major bust. The city of Los Angeles (Clippers and Lakers) was entirely overmatched and mustered up one total victory. Now, the matchup everyone has been waiting for in the Wild Wild West is set. Who isn’t excited for the Spurs/Thunder showdown set to start on Sunday?
Not only did the supposedly “over the hill” San Antonio Spurs tie for the best record in the NBA, they also have won 18 straight games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are coming off an emphatic thrashing of the Los Angeles Lakers. OKC has been the favorite all year long out West, and lived up to the part until the final couple of weeks of the season when San Antonio leapfrogged them for the number one seed. So despite San Antonio possessing the number one seed and cruising through the first two rounds, all records get tossed out the window. The score is 0 to 0 come Sunday.
Not only did the Spurs and Thunder finish 2nd and 3rd in the NBA in terms of scoring offense this season, they also finished 16th and 17th in terms of scoring defense. These teams put up frighteningly similar statistics during the course of the 66 game shortened season. Can you say seven game series?
Flip a coin on what “Big Three” is better. On one hand, San Antonio has the old-school trifecta featuring Parker, Duncan, and Ginobli. On the other hand, OKC has a terrific trio in Westbrook, Durant, and Harden. This series will start and end at the point guard position though. Tony Parker versus Russell Westbrook. Continue reading