By Cody Williams @TheSizzle20 on March 21, 2014
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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