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Old 08-29-2013, 07:13 PM   #1
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Default Which teams in the West are legit contenders?

There's like 6 teams that have a chance at making the WCF or even finals, but which ones are legit contenders to win it all?

Out of:

OKC
San Antontio
LAC
Golden State
Houston
Memphis

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Old 08-29-2013, 07:13 PM   #2
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Default Re: Which teams in the West are legit contenders?

OKC, San Ant, and GSW
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:17 PM   #3
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Default Re: Which teams in the West are legit contenders?

San Antonio's best shot was last year, but obviously they're going to still be great.

OKC will be the other top team.





Clippers gunna Clip, they'll implode.

Memphis won't be able to score enough.

Houston is a question mark.

Warriors depend on Bogut's health and Curry's ankles. Losing Jack and Landry and gaining Iggy is still a net loss in my book. Some other players will have to improve to make up for that.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:21 PM   #4
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Default Re: Which teams in the West are legit contenders?

unless there is a major injury to parker or duncan, Spurs are still the best team in the west.

Clippers have the potential to be the best in the west if team chemistry is great and griffin improves even a little bit.

Houston and Golden state have the potential to cause a major upset if everything clicks for them and if curry and dwight are fully healthy.

I really hope OKC doesn't make the finals if Heat makes the finals because they would get swept but i don't see heat making the finals unless they get the top seed and pacer and bulls get 2-3 seed which would result in heat facing only one of those teams which will make it easier to reach the finals.

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Old 08-29-2013, 07:23 PM   #5
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Default Re: Which teams in the West are legit contenders?

I'd say the East finally has more contending teams. I don't see any Western team beating a healthy Heat, except for Memphis but I'm doubting that they'll get to the finals in the first place (considering how a Westbrook-less Thunder took em to 6).

OKC
LAC

SAS won't be contending given how hard Manu was sucking in the playoffs last year, despite full health. I'm trusting Duncan to be great but he seemed completely rejuvenated last year, who knows how long that'll hold up. Pop and co. won't win any less than 50 games, though.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:24 PM   #6
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Default Re: Which teams in the West are legit contenders?

I don't even think all the teams the OP listed are "legit" contenders. We see it almost every year: there's 2 or 3 teams in each conference, max, that have a legit shot at making the Finals and winning it all.

I thought almost all season last year OKC and San Antonio were the only two legit contenders in the West, and they were probably on a collision course to meet in the WCF. I think this year will play out similarly where only 2 or 3 teams look like legit contenders by the time the playoffs start.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:26 PM   #7
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Default Re: Which teams in the West are legit contenders?

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Default Re: Which teams in the West are legit contenders?

The West is more wide open than it's ever been... especially as Kobe and Duncan age.

But right now, I'd go with Spurs and Thunder.
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Default Re: Which teams in the West are legit contenders?

I don't think any western teams are serious contenders. Whoever wins the east will win the chip.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:40 PM   #11
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Miami, Chicago, OKC, SAS, and maybe LAC are the only teams I can possibly imagine hoisting the trophy next season.
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Default Re: Which teams in the West are legit contenders?

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Really believe that the Warriors are the best team. Spurs old and we almost beat them last year, Thunder no depth, and Lebron declining in his middle age.


He'll turn 29 next year. Players generally don't decline until their early or mid-30's.
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Only 29? But physically he's middle age and bald. The new article says he's in decline and not as quick. He'll be a year older next year.

And he'll still put up MVP-level stats. I don't think we have a shot at beating the Heat unless Bogut can stay healthy, and Curry can get hot.
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:43 AM   #14
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Default Re: Which teams in the West are legit contenders?

Thunder and Spurs.
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Spurs, OKC, Clippers are the main 3 threats to me with Houston and GS as the outsiders.
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