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Los Angeles Clippers
Western Conference 3 Seed
You better believe the Clippers are nicknamed ‘Lob City’ for a reason; no big men in the game get up, down, and off the floor like Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan; they provide the NBA’s assist leader, Chris Paul, a devastating vertical option.
Fundamentally, the Clippers do all the little things well; they get out in transition, have great ball movement, turn turnovers into points, and get to the free-throw line. They have all the components of a championship team, yet always seem to under-perform in the playoff.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Western Conference: 2 Seed
The Thunder lack depth; their success lies almost entirely in the hands of the two most talented athletes in the Western Conference, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Kevin Durant has been putting up monster numbers, vocal about his disdain for being regarded as the second best player in the league behind LeBron James. He’s injected a much needed aggression into his game this season, perhaps the missing ingredient of years past.
Russell Westbrook is healthy again. After missing last year’s Playoffs, and significant time this season, he’s returned with a new level of hunger and maturity. In his absence, the development of Reggie Jackson as a reliable backup point guard, will be a huge factor in limiting Russell’s fatigue deep in the post-season.
San Antonio Spurs
Western Conference: 1 Seed
The Spurs are a team focussed on execution. Coach Gregg Popovich is one of the game’s all-time great strategists; with the ability to generate open looks with a well designed offensive system, he limits the need for individuals to create shots in isolation.
The Spurs lead the NBA in both ‘assists’ and ‘3 point shooting percentage’ this season; through a commitment to basketball fundamentals, they spread the floor, get shooters to the corners, and make the extra pass.
Defensively, San Antonio focuses on shutting down the perimeter, forcing teams into contested midrange jumpers, before crashing the boards and pushing transition.
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