Tag: Western Conference

  • Oklahoma City Thunder – Replicating NBA Playoffs Success Harder in 2013

    Oklahoma City Thunder – Replicating NBA Playoffs Success Harder in 2013

    A look at some advanced stats and overall efficiency suggests the Oklahoma City Thunder are still the best team in the Western conference, let alone the NBA, but their over-reliance on the individual skills of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, not to mention their struggles in head-to-head games against the conference’s best teams suggests reaching the Finals for a second consecutive season isn’t going to be this easy.

  • NBA Playoffs – Western Conference Race

    NBA Playoffs – Western Conference Race

    In the stronger conference, the race for the NBA playoffs is happening on all fronts, with the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder fighting for the number one spot; the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and Denver Nuggets for the 3-4-5 finish; the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets on avoiding one of the two clear favorites in the West, while the Los Angeles Lakers try to catch up with the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final spot.

  • Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks & Portland Trail Blazers Fighting For Last Playoff Spot

    Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks & Portland Trail Blazers Fighting For Last Playoff Spot

    Four left in the race, only one of them comes out. While things are set and done in the East except for a few positions, the final eighth spot for the postseason in the Western Conference is up for grabs, as the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz and even the Portland Trail Blazers (yes, still) are fighting for the final playoff ticket left to hand out.

  • Lakers vs Thunder – Who are the Best in the Western Conference?

    The question is pretty simple – Have the two major additions made by the Los Angeles Lakers, adding Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to the team be enough to regain dominance in the West, overtaking the young and talented Oklahoma City Thunder led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook?

  • Oklahoma City Thunder, The Next Western Conference Dynasty?

    When the NBA Finals begin on June 12, it’ll be the first time since 1998 that a team not called the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers or San Antonio Spurs will represent the Western Conference. The Oklahoma City Thunder, it seems, are planning on more than one trip in the foreseeable future.

  • Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook Ready to Make Thunder the New Western Conference Dynasty

    Usually, when young teams rise in hope for contending for the NBA title, they have to go through the old guard. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant didn’t just go through the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks. They ripped them to pieces, en route to meet the San Antonio Spurs.

  • 2012 NBA Western Conference Playoff Scenario

    Just under two weeks left in the NBA season and as usual, the playoff scene between the West and East couldn’t be any more different. Only two teams have to battle it out in the East – The Knicks and Bucks, while out West, it’s a tight race once again between the Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets and the Phoenix Suns.

  • Questions Regarding the Second Half of the NBA Season

    Will the Miami Heat or the Chicago Bulls rule the East? Is anyone able to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder? Where will Dwight Howard end up? Where will the Jeremy Lin Saga take us? Kobe Bryant and the scoring title while some teams need to figure out if they want to make a push for the playoffs or go for a lottery pick.

  • Dirk Nowitzki – White Mamba and 2011 Playoff Magic

    A year ago, this 48 point explosion from Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs looking like the favorites in the West to reach the NBA finals wasn’t exactly a likely scenario. White Mamba? So says Charles Barkley.

  • Kevin Durant Steps Up at the Perfect Moment

    The Thunder got Kevin Durant in all his glory Sunday night, as the league’s best scorer dropped 39 on the Grizzlies, leading Oklahoma to a 105-90 win in Game 7. Next up? Dallas.