Dirk and the Mavericks have likely played the last game that matters for their seeding in the Western Conference playoffs.
Three weeks left in the regular season, and the NBA playoff picture is starting to shape up. With that in mind let’s look at the potential first round match-ups and rank them from least interesting to most.
Last night, like every NBA night, morphed into a sweaty, LeBron James symposium. And the firewall between factions is rather defined. He’s either a chump who cheated his team out of a win, or he’s a victim of fate or faulty wiring, a hardwood martyr who can’t get a break.
In a rematch of last years final which went 7 games, the San Antonio Spurs square off against the Miami Heat and Tony Parker and company hope to prevent LeBron and the Heat from winning their third consecutive NBA championship.
Tim Duncan had 22 points, Manu Ginobili scored 19 points, and San Antonio rolled to a 117-89 win over Oklahoma City in Game 5 on Thursday night, taking a 3-2 series lead.
In 2012, the Spurs won the first two games of the Western Conference finals against the Thunder, then lost four straight and were bounced from the playoffs.
Russell Westbrook had 40 points, 10 assists and five steals in the Thunder’s 105-92 victory over the Spurs on Tuesday night that tied the series at two games apiece.
Serge Ibaka started the game and scored 15 points to help the Thunder defeat the Spurs 106-97 and cut San Antonio’s lead in the Western Conference finals series to 2-1.
Parker has a Grade 1 strain of his left hamstring, the least severe level of the injury and he is listed as day-to-day, the Spurs announced Thursday.
Mr. Unreliable was rock-solid and relentless yet again. Kevin Durant’s reward is another trip to the Western Conference finals with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
After a grueling seven-game series with the Mavericks, the Spurs earned some rest by making quick work of the Trail Blazers. And it couldn’t come at a better time.
The intensity and focus that has the Spurs rolling 3-0 over Portland in the Western Conference semifinals can be traced to their Game 3 loss to Dallas in the first round.