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NBA Western Conference preview capsule

Western Conference final


Coaches: Spurs — Gregg Popovich; Thunder — Scott Brooks

Season series: Thunder, 4-0

Outlook: Oklahoma City has been a bad matchup for the Spurs, who were swept by the Thunder in the regular-season series and lost the final four games of the 2012 conference final after leading 2-0. The loss of Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka for the series because of a strained calf changes the dynamics of the matchup, though Thunder rookie forward Steven Adams has played well enough in the playoffs to lessen those concerns. Tony Parker is expected to play tonight despite the hamstring injury that forced him out of the Spurs' series clincher over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday. He left after 10 minutes, but in the four previous games Parker had averaged 23 points and 6.5 assists. Oklahoma City All-Star Kevin Durant has had 25 points or more in 12 of 13 playoff games, but teammate Russell Westbrook has not been as reliable. Westbrook has made only 27.9 percent of 3-pointers in the playoffs, which hasn't stopped him from hoisting 5.2 shots a game from beyond the stripe.

Times wires

NBA Western Conference preview capsule 05/18/14 [Last modified: Sunday, May 18, 2014 10:53pm]
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