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Western Conference Playoffs

  1. We’ve got your Western Conference playoff schedule here

    Apr 14, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    I keep saying it because I believe it — one of the top four seeds in the West is going to get knocked off in the first round. Not sure who, but the Dallas/Portland and Oklahoma City/Denver matchups are going to be tough ones. (Sorry Cuban, but you know us Internet reporters…) Well, tough for…

  2. Playoff seedings: The West is still a mess

    Apr 11, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    In these uncertain times, we know a couple things for sure. We know Chicago will win the Eastern Conference and take on the Indiana Pacers in the first round. We know Orlando will host Atlanta in another first-round matchup. We know the Spurs are the top team in the West. After that, we’ve got no…

  3. Blazers have little trouble dispatching Jazz

    Apr 8, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Paul Millsap, Gerald Wallace, Wesley Matthews

    It was a workman like performance by the Blazers. Not a lot of flash, they were just the better team and they never let up. And they needed the win. It moved them half a game ahead of the Hornets for the six seed in the West. It matters — the six seed likely gets…

  4. Playoff picture starts to come into focus (Heat may not like it)

    Apr 7, 2011, 2:03 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat

    Not everything is clear to me. Like how Rebecca Black has a career, for one. Or how Criminal Minds has been on television for so long. But the NBA playoff picture? That started to come into focus Wednesday and the Spurs like what they see. Miami, not so much. So here is a quick run…

  5. Spurs win, Lakers lose — top seed in the West rests in San Antonio

    Apr 6, 2011, 2:21 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    I hope y’all like Tex Mex, because the road to the NBA finals in the West runs through San Antonio. Sure, the two seed Lakers and top seed Spurs play next Tuesday, but now people will want to see that game about as much as they want to listen to a new Go-Go’s album. Or…

  6. Lakers privately admit they’d like to avoid Portland, Memphis

    Mar 31, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Gasol_brothers

    Don’t be shocked if there is an upset in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. The top four teams — the Spurs, Lakers, Mavericks and Thunder — are all a notch above the teams below them. But the teams below them are hot. They each create some matchup problems and have been exploiting…

  7. NBA playoff picture slowly starting to come into focus

    Mar 16, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls

    At this point, nothing would really surprise me when the NBA playoffs start in a month. Well, Indiana winning the NBA title — heck, more than one game — would surprise me. So that is not totally true. But it’s hard to remember a more wide-open year. Every potential contender has enough strengths that you…

  8. Should the Lakers be worried about the Spurs, Mavericks?

    Dec 15, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The NBA championship is not decided in December. The NBA season is a long slog where contending teams want to develop good habits, win games and stay healthy for the second season. We get that. But we can’t help but wonder… When you look at the West right now what do you see? Dallas just…

  9. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: And now was acknowledged the presence of the Black and Silver Death

    May 3, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    The Phoenix Suns and the San Antonio Spurs will meet for the fourth time in six years, and Steve Nash and friends will try their damnedest to avoid their fourth elimination in as many tries by the Black and Silver Death. You see, some will tell you that the Suns are stylistically doomed to falter…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Nuggets limited by defensive execution, but also offensive scheme

    Apr 28, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    There’s no question that Denver’s inability to play defense is a big reason why they find themselves on the brink of elimination, but TrueHoop’s Kevin Arnovitz has discovered something of an oddity in the Nuggets’ deliberately inefficient offense: The Denver Nuggets have a secret arsenal of nearly unstoppable plays. There’s only one hitch headed into…

  11. Grant Hill is a defensive stopper. I repeat, Grant Hill is a defensive stopper.

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    As Matt Moore mentioned in our recap of Suns-Blazers Part Deux, the most compelling part of the Suns’ adjustments to topple the Blazers was Alvin Gentry’s decision to drape Grant Hill on Andre Miller. Jason Richardson had primary Miller duties for most of Game 1, but obviously wasn’t too successful: ‘Dre dropped 31 points and…

  12. Alvin Gentry, Steve Kerr, and the power of expectation

    Apr 20, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    Since the Shaq flub, Steve Kerr’s work as the GM/President of Basketball Ops of the Phoenix Suns has been understated but effective. He flipped Boris Diaw for Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley. He drafted Robin Lopez, who was quickly disregarded as an NBA talent but has made a legitimate impact this season. He acquired Goran…

  13. NBA Playoffs: George Hill insists ankle was fine despite limited playing time last night

    Apr 19, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    George Hill started last night’s game in place of Tony Parker, but was scoreless in 18 minutes of action with three rebounds and two turnovers. Not the kind of play Gregg Popovich liked to see out of the player widely deemed to be the Spurs’ x-factor, and Pop let him know it the best way…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Mavs and Spurs deliver as promised, but Dallas draws first blood

    Apr 19, 2010, 1:40 AM EDT

    Dallas and San Antonio both played well but not perfectly. That said, the most important word in that sentence is both, as every terrific performance was countered and every sloppy play met with another by the opposition. It was a game of brilliant, beautiful, and flawed (but balanced in its flaws) basketball, and we shouldn’t…

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