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The Wild Wild West

The Lakers move closer to the Warriors, Rockets and Jazz in the playoff race. The Lakers aren’t a great team and will have very little impact in the playoffs yet they are a big story because they are the Lakers. The Spurs, Thunder and Nuggets are all better story lines this year but have been ingulfed by the Laker’s shadow. The west isn’t as scary as it once was but lets not undervalue it. The top 5 seeds as of right now all have a chance to represent the West.

Last night in New Orleans, the Lakers had to overcome a 25-point deficit behind Bryant’s 42 points and a 20-0 run. This is after the Oklahoma City game where the Laker’s dreadful defense only mustarded up 2 turnovers even though the Thunder average 15 turnovers per game. The west is exciting without using the Lakers to get page views, even though their run to unseat the Rockets or Jazz is going to be fun down the stretch.

The Spurs look to be the favorites out of the west if they can correct what went wrong in the playoffs last year. They also have to ride the storm without Tony Parker in the lineup. He is expected to miss 1 month with an ankle sprain. But with the leadership of Tim Duncan this shouldn’t be a problem.

The Thunder look more human then last year with out Harden coming off the bench but Durant and Westbrook are a duo that is scary. They are the 2nd highest scoring team in the league with just over 107 points. Westbrook is eccentric and doesn’t always produce like an All-Star talent. Durant is clutch and a pure shooter  and can keep you in a game just by volume shooting

The Denver Nuggets are exciting and a team that is flying under the radar. When they traded Melo to the Knicks I said that they got the better deal even though they got volume instead of a even trade. The locker room seems to be a lot better then it was with the selfish player that Melo is. Kenneth Faried is one of the most exciting players in the Association this year. He is a rebounding machine and averages just under 10 a game.

The west should have an exciting rest of March and look for some historic performances.

7. Houston 33-29

8. Utah 32-29

9. L.A. Lakers 31-31 (1½ games behind Jazz)

10. Portland 28-32 (3½ behind Jazz)

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