The San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma CIty Thunder will do battle with a spot to the NBA Finals on the line. The Thunder were able to send the Los Angeles Lakers home last night with a 106-90 victory to close out the series in five games. Despite 42 points from Kobe Bryant, it was too much Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to send the Thunder to their second straight Conference Championship. Staples Center workers can breath a sigh of relief
as the Clippers were eliminated on Sunday by the Spurs, and now the Lakers season is over as the focus of L.A. will now turn to the Kings of the NHL to see if they can complete their Stanley Cup run. The Clippers will have to focus on signing Blake Griffin and Chris Paul to a long-term deal to make sure they will be back in the thick of things next season. The Lakers on the other hand will have to make a roster assessment and decide if they should trade or keep Pau Gasol and possibly Andrew Bynum. Dwight Howard will be on the trade block along with Deron Williams so it will be interesting to see if they decide to shake things up. However, expect Kobe Bryant to be back in a Lakers uniform next year.
A Spurs/Thunder series should really get fans excited as there is no doubt these are the two best teams in the West. In the regular season, the Spurs won two-out-of-three from the Thunder, as each team averaged well over 100 points per contest. The Spurs have a nice mix of youth and experience and they will have to rely on that to get by the explosive Thunder.
San Antonio has yet to lose a playoff game and have won 18 straight dating back to the regular season. They made quick work of the Utah Jazz and Clippers, but I wouldn't expect a sweep this time around. Oklahoma City swept the defending champion Dallas Mavericks in the first round before knocking off the Lakers.
There are so many great matchups to look forward to this series such as Tony Parker and Westbrook. It's going to be interesting to see the array of defenders the Spurs will throw at Durant in an attempt to slow him down. Also, how will Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins fair against the man who many consider the greatest power forward of all time in Tim Duncan? Many questions are still to be answered, but the journey to the Finals will start with Game 1 on Sunday in San Antonio. TL;DR
The Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs are set for battle with a spot to the NBA Finals on the line. Lakers vs. Thunder Boxscore
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