2012 NBA Playoff Preview: Western Conference Semifinals

Now that the Western Conference semifinal round is here (it’s actually starting in 22 minutes), here is how I see things rounding out…

San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Analysis:  The Spurs are a team on a mission.  They have won 13 in a row counting the last series sweep.  They may be “Team Geritol”, but they are focused and more importantly: healthy.

The Clippers are in rare territory as a franchise as they reached the second round in only the third time in franchise history (what the hell?!).  Props to the Clips for showing heart and grit in Memphis, but they are too banged up to match the rested and playoff-savvy Spurs blow for blow.  This should be a short series.

Prediction:  Spurs in 5.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Analysis:  This should be one exciting series.  Old school vs. new school.  I’ll tell you what, I would love to see how the Thunder will react to the playoff-tested Lakers in the clutch.

I think the Lakers will give the Thunder its best shot in Game 1.  They want to put as much pressure on the young Thunder in taking home-court advantage.  I think OKC will be rusty and lose tonight’s game.  That will be just enough for the Lakers to steal this series.

Prediction:  Lakers in 6.

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