10 Best Possible Matchups In the 2014 NBA Playoffs

2014 NBA Playoffs: 10 Best Matchups That Could Happen

2014 NBA Playoffs: 10 Best Matchups That Could Happen
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People have long been touting the talent in the NBA’s Western Conference this season and we’ve seen those great teams battle on a number of occasions. However, nothing compares to seeing teams duke it out in a seven-game series in the postseason. With just around a month left in the regular season, which 10 potential matchups that we could see in the playoffs would be the best, and not just in the West?

10. Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers

10. Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers
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10. Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers

10. Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers
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Obviously we’re talking about two extremely talented teams in the Rockets and Clippers out West, but the two combine to create some interesting matchups. Chris Paul against the feisty Patrick Beverley for a series would be interesting, as would Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan battling Dwight Howard. Good times would definitely be had.

9. Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat

9. Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat
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9. Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat

9. Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat
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Though this might not sound like the most thrilling matchup to ever occur, it’s got its fair share of intrigue. For one, Paul Pierce always seems to play his best when LeBron James is involved, which would be fun to watch. Moreover, the Nets have had the Heat’s number this regular season, making you wonder if they could continue to pull it off in the postseason.

8. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs

8. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs
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8. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs

8. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs
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Obviously this would be a matchup between the top two teams in the West right now, but it’s also a battle between the old guard and the new. The Spurs have been thriving and winning titles for a decade and a half now while the Thunder are looking to start that kind of run. Pitting those two teams against one another would be must-watch material.

7. Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat

7. Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat
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7. Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat

7. Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat
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It’s always interesting to see how the Heat handle the Bulls in the postseason. Through the regular season, the Bulls always seem to bother and often get the best of Miami. Things have always changed in the Heat’s favor in the playoffs, though. It’d be interesting to see if that changes. It also doesn’t hurt to have a little bad blood between two teams in the playoffs.

6. Los Angeles Clippers vs. Miami Heat

6. Los Angeles Clippers vs. Miami Heat
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6. Los Angeles Clippers vs. Miami Heat

6. Los Angeles Clippers vs. Miami Heat
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This wouldn’t happen until the Finals, but it would be absolutely fantastic to watch. Both of these teams like to get out and run while also playing unique styles of defense. With those two styles up against one another, the results would more than likely be highly entertaining.

5. Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers

5. Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers
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5. Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers

5. Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers
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This is the matchup that everyone has been talking about all season for the Eastern Conference Finals. The Pacers have given the Heat all they can handle the past two years in the playoffs and have looked their best for most of the regular season. If Indiana can right their recent problems, everyone wants to see if they can finally get past the defending champs.

4. San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat

4. San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat
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4. San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat

4. San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat
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If you weren’t riveted by last year’s Finals series, you might not have a pulse. Though the Spurs are another year older and have played a bit differently than in past years, I doubt anyone would be complaining about a rematch between the two in the Finals this year.

3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors

3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors
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3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors

3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors
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The Warriors have had their battle with inconsistency this season, but no one’s forgotten about how good they were in the playoffs last year. These two offenses going against one another would be a show that every basketball fan would want to see. The imminent battle between Chris Paul and Stephen Curry wouldn’t be too shabby either.

2. Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

2. Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
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2. Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

2. Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
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Both the Rockets and the Thunder have the talent to compete for a title this season. With the way that both of these teams can explode for monster nights at any given time would certainly be compelling in its own right. Oh yeah; it’s always great to see James Harden duke it out with his former team.

1. Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

1. Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
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1. Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

1. Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
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LeBron James and Kevin Durant are racing to the finish line for the MVP this season, but their teams are also geared towards winning a title. What better way to settle it all than a battle between two of the most exciting teams in the league and the NBA’s two best players to decide who’s taking home the championship.

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