San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Western Conference Semifinals
The two most dominate teams thus far in the 2012 NBA Playoffs with only one loss between them, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs are prepared to meet in the Semifinal round to decide who will represent the Western Conference in the Championship Finals.
As one highly regarded sports handicapper, Mike Cooper Jr. of CoopersPick.com described it, "...Hands down the best offensive matchup of the NBA Playoffs in the last 5 or 6 years."
In a matchup that's shaping up to be Goliath vs Goliath, the two offensive juggernauts are poised to meet in what is likely to be the most highly anticipated series in all of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, and many believe that the winner will eventually go on to claim the Championship in the Finals, and for good reason.
Looking at the potential opponents to represent the Eastern Conference in the Finals, nobody seems competent enough to hang with the high powered offenses of both the Spurs and the Thunder.
The Pacers, with all of their willpower and shear teamwork, simply do not have the arsenal to keep up with the fast-paced weapons of both the Spurs and the Thunder, and while many think that the Heat, carried by Lebron and Wade can muster up the points to keep pace… They simply cannot. Even though Bosh is the least crucial piece of Miami's 'Big Three,' he is still an essential part to the execution of their offense, and with his injury, as of now, still keeping him out indefinitely they will be lucky to win two games against whomever represents the West in the Finals.
So with that being said, we turn our attention back to the real marquee matchup of the 2012 NBA Playoffs and the one that is likely to decide the World Champions… The Western Conference Semifinals.
It's the classic matchup between the accomplished, veteran stars of the Spurs and the up and coming, young stars of the Thunder. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker will be playing in their 131st postseason game together, but they're superior experience will be met with the Thunder's supremely talented duo in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook who are arguably the best one-two scoring combo in the league.
The Thunder's 8-1 record in the Playoffs is only bettered by that of the perfect 8-0 Spurs who swept both the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers. Something has got to give and it all gets started Sunday night at the AT&T Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 8:30 EST on TNT. The entire Basketball world will stop to take notice of what is sure to be an epic heavyweight bout for the ages.