2nd round Western Conference NBA playoff predictions

Who's Going to Pull Off the Upset: 2nd Round Western Conference Predictions

5/14/12 in NBA   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

For any one that loves basketball the first round of the playoffs had it all. Two dominate performances by the Spurs and Thunder, two nail biting game sevens by the Lakers and Clippers, and a massive upset by the eighth seeded 76ers. If the next round is any better than the first, then we are in for a fantastic summer. Let's take a look at the Western conference second round match ups and make some predictions and observations.
 

Spurs vs. Clippers

Mar 9, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) takes a shot over Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) during the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE
Can the Clippers pull of the upset of the Spurs?

 
Spurs vs. Clippers: The Clippers just capped off a grueling yet ridiculously exciting playoff series against the Grizzlies and are now rewarded with a second round date with a juggernaut of a Spurs team.
 
The Clippers are going to have to play a perfect series to beat the Spurs, but it can be done. Contrary to what you might think, the Clipper’s best way to beat San Antonio is not by running and gunning, but by slowing down the tempo and using Griffin, Jordan, Martin and Evans to dominate the low post.
 
This Spurs team is not your father's grind down, defensive stopping team that won four titles. This new incarnation of the Spurs relies heavily on Parker and Ginobili running and gunning and putting up points. If the Clippers try to play their patented lob city style of basketball, they will lose. As great as Chris Paul is he just can't go two on one against Parker and Ginobili.
 
Prediction: Spurs in 6 and expect a few heavyweight battles between Chris Paul and
Tony Parker.
 

Thunder vs. Lakers
April 22, 2012;  Los Angeles, CA, USA;  Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) fouls Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) as Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) blocks a shot in the second overtime at the Staples Center. Lakers won in double OT 114-106. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
LA and OKC are ready for a 2nd round slug fest


Thunder vs. Lakers: This match up has been a few years in the making, ever since OKC took the Lakers to six games during the first round of their 2010 championship run. The storylines are already built in, World Peace vs. Harden, World Peace vs. the fans, Kobe vs. Durant, old guard vs. new guard. And Metta World has already begun adding gas to the fire by saying he will not shake hands with a substitute player (Harden).
 
The Thunder go into the series as a strong favorite, but by no means are a lock to advance. Los Angeles has plenty of ways to beat the Thunder, who could very well enter the series rusty and with out urgency since they have not played in almost two weeks since sweeping the Mavericks.
 
If Kobe can score efficiently, and if Bynum and Gasol can continue to commit to dominating the interior, L.A matches up well with the young and energetic Thunder. But regardless of the outcome this matchup will be the gem of the second round and a can’t miss series. Prediction: Lakers in 7
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5/15/12   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

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OKC is well rested& is ready to eat them alive.LaL has to bring something to the table.Can the lakers take out the thunder or will OKC send them home crying?

I really thought the rest would hurt Okc and L.A would steal game one, but I was obviously wrong. Okc looked hungry and ready for a title run. The rest of the playoffs are going to be fanastic!