Thursday, 12 April 2007

Playoff Race: Western Conference

Yesterday I took a gander at the Eastern Conference playoff picture, today it's time for a look at some of the biggest storylines in the West.

- All the great teams - In my opinion, the 4 best teams in the NBA are in the West in Dallas, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Houston. And the Jazz, Nuggets, and Lakers are pretty darn good as well. I think of the first 4 teams can win the title, and unlike the East (where a lot of teams can win because they're no one is that good), these guys can all win because they're excellent teams.

- A possible Phoenix/LA matchup - Last series was classic (at least for 6 games), and we could be looking at that again. The Suns are better this year with Amare Stoudemire in the mix, but the Lakers still have Kobe Bryant, and he's pretty good himself. This would be another great series which would take place if the seeds hold.

- Golden State as a possible 8 seed - The Warriors, more than anyone else, have had Dallas' number this year, winning both games between them. They are of course coached by former Mavs coach Don Nelson, which potentially makes this a compelling matchup.

- The streaking Nuggets - The Nuggets have won 7 games in a row to move into the 6th seed. Plus, anytime you have two guys that can score like Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony can, they're dangerous. If we possibly see a Denver/Phoenix matchup, well, how fun would that be?

- The quality of play - I've basically mentioned this throughout, but I am totally psyched for the Western Conference playoffs because of the quality of the teams involved. The thought of another Dallas/Phoenix conference finals matchup has me salivating... and the earlier rounds should be just as excellent. I can't wait.

How about you?