It’s official, there’s only four teams left, as the 2012 NBA Playoffs reach the Conference Finals. The match-ups are as follows: the San Antonio Spurs versus the Oklahoma City Thunder in the west; and the Boston Celtics versus the Miami Heat in the east.
Although the Spurs are an older team, they’ve been on a tear throughout the playoffs, and the end of the regular season. They’ve won 18 consecutive games and eight straight in the playoffs, sweeping back-to-back opponents — the last being the L.A. Clippers — for the first time since 1999.
OKC makes the Western Conference Finals for the second straight season, after making easy work of the Lakers in a series they won 4-1. However, OKC’s “Big 3” Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and James Harden will have their work cut out for them with the Spurs. Definitely a series to watch.
In the east, the Celtics closed out a tough series with a Game #7 win over the Sixers on Saturday evening (May 26), led by Rajon Rondo who helped the team’s aging “Big Three” (Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett) with yet another triple-double performance.
They’ll now face LeBron James and the Miami Heat, who advanced to the conference finals by eliminating the Indiana Pacers in six games. Lebron is still searching for his first title, and hops this year he’ll finally get the ring everyone thought he’d have by now.
Boston gets their rematch, after Miami beat them in five games in the conference semifinals last year. In 2010, the Celtics eliminated the Heat in the first round and then knocked James and the Cavaliers out in the second — his final game with Cleveland before defecting to Miami.
The Heat are favored in the series, but both teams are tough, and won’t go away easy.
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