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With the regular season finished, the NBA Playoffs are set to get under way on Saturday. The seeds are set, and we'll go through each first round matchup in both conferences. Outside of Golden State, does any team seem to have an easy matchup in its opening series? With how loaded the Western Conference is, it seems like anything is possible outside of the Warriors advancing.
In the Eastern Conference, the Atlanta Hawks may have the top spot, but the Cleveland Cavaliers have been the better team overall since the All Star break. Do the LeBron-led Cavs have a sweep in front of them in the Boston Celtics? Outside of Atlanta and Cleveland in the first round, like the West, anything seems possible.
Kevin Durant is a player in the NBA seen by most as the second best player in the league. Many believe LeBron James is the best, myself included. So when an elite player goes down for a title contender in Oklahoma City, does that mean their chances of winning are over? Durant's right foot injury will sideline him about two months to start the season. With him not being in a uniform until potentially January, do the Thunder have to worry about not only winning a title, but making the playoffs in the loaded Western Conference?
Breaking down the teams and divisions of the Western Conference in the NBA for 2014 - 2015
Are the San Antonio Spurs still the team to beat?
Are the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder ready to take the next step?
Who will make the playoffs?
Will the Lakers rebound from a disappointing 2013 - 2014?
Which teams improved, which teams got worse?
The NBA regular season is roughly 50 games in and many of the juggernauts have positioned themselves to make the playoffs, which is all any team truly cares about in the West. Which teams have surprised most fans? Can the Phoenix Suns hold onto the final, eight-spot? They are currently ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans by one-and-a-half games and the Oklahoma City Thunder by three games.
Before answering who should win the West, who has a legitimate shot of winning it? Do any of the three teams pushing for the eighth spot have a chance to beat whoever takes the No. 1 seed?
Yesterday I talked more about the Eastern Conference and who I thought would make the 2014-15 NBA playoffs. To me, there is a three-tier system, with Cleveland, Chicago and Toronto at the top, Indiana, Washington and Charlotte in the middle, then the rest of the East will be... well, irrelevant. Today, I'll go over the West, which also has a three-team tier at the top, with the rest of the teams looking up at them. The Dallas Mavericks are the team to look for when it comes to sneaking into that upper-echilon of teams.
1A- NY Yankee starting Pitcher CC Sebathia's knee woes??
1B- Why are the NY Mets struggling??
2A- Juan Manuel Marquez beats Mike Alvarado in unanimous decision.
3A- Aaron Hernandez indicted for 2 more murders??
4A- Donald Sterling refuses to pay the fine imposed by the NBA and another taped recording surfaces with Sterling talking to his friend Maserati.
4B- Stan Van Gundy named President and Head Coach of the Detroit Pistons.
4C- Who should the Brooklyn Nets keep and who needs to go and why??
4D- Steve Kerr spurns the NY Knicks and takes the Head Coaching job with the Golden St. Warriors. Where do the NY Knicks go from here?? Rumors of Kevin Love on the Knicks radar??
4E- Eastern and Western Conference Finals Previews.
1A- Kid Chocolate wins again!!
1B- Bernard Hopkins at 48 retains his light heavyweight title.
2A- NY Jets destroyed by the Cincinnati Bengals 49-9
2B- NY Giants beat the Philadelphia Eagles for 2nd straight win.
2C- The NFC East and other surprises in the NFL.
3A- Rumors and predicitions on Kevin Durant's future. Will he leave OKC to join James Harden and Dwight Howard in Houston to form the next super power in the NBA??
3B- The NBA Western Conference Preview!!
Tonight, Tate's Take delivers a complete breakdown of the NBA's Western Conference showdown featuring the Grizzlies of Memphis (29-15,12-8road) traveling to Oklahoma City to challenge the Thunder (34-11,19-3home). In the 2nd game on the format, 1 of the hottest teams in the NBA led by All-Star David Lee Golden State Warriors (28-17,14-6home) playing host to Dirk Nowitzki & the Dallas Mavericks (19-26,7-17road). Can OKC rebound to take the NBA's best overall record from the Spurs @ 1 & half games behind?...and how will Memphis perform after trading their franchise player Rudy Gay to Toronto on Wednesday? These questions answered tonight on Tate's Take!
For the first time in what seems like forever, I'll be going over the NBA world when it comes to the 2014-15 season. Who should the top eight teams be in the Eastern and Western Conferences be, come playoff time? Is Cleveland just one of the top four or so teams in the East? Or with LeBron James and the shooters he will essentially bring with him, should they be the favorites? As far as the West is concerned, are there any new teams that could sneak up on the likes of San Antonio, Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Clippers?