Found April 18, 2013 on TornBySports:
NBA Western Conference Playoff preview: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Houston Rockets: It will be a nice storyline to see James Harden go up against his former team in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. He better say hi and bye quickly because this series won’t last too long. The Thunder took 2 of 3 from Houston this year and won those games by a combined 52 points. Russell Westbrook should run circles around the Rockets and Houston doesn’t have anyone who can contain Kevin Durant. The Rockets finished just 16-25 on the road and now have to go into what is considered the loudest arena in the NBA and find a way to steal a game. James Harden will probably put the Rockets on his back and carry them to a victory but that’s about it. I’m going with the Thunder in 5 games. San Antonio Spurs vs. the Los Angeles Lakers: We’ve seen these two foes before, but normally in a conference finals matchup. Both of these organizations have pretty much controlled the Western Conference over the last...
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