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Which NBA teams will be the top powerhouses in the West next season?

Western Conference

NBA WEST

One thing is certain. The NBA will not be the same any more. The 2014 – 2015 season will be totally different than the previous one. The balances in the NBA have now changed. The dynasty of the Miami Heat is over, with LeBron moving to Cleveland. We’ve already seen many more changes during the first three weeks of the free agency. And some more are about to come. Let’s have a look at the Western Conference and try to predict which teams will be at the top next season.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Clips haven’t performed any radical changes up to now in the offseason but why should they after all? Lob City is already a powerful team and it needed just a few tweaks to make it to the next level. The Clips will enter the 2014 – 2015 campaign as one of the top contenders in the NBA and they will definitely be one of the elite teams in the West, too. The addition of Spencer Hawes is a significant one. If there was one point the Clippers bled last season that was the backup of their front line. Doc Rivers will now continue his work and try to lead the Clips to the top.

San Antonio Spurs

Despite their age, the San Antonio Spurs will be one of the top teams in the West for yet another season, in 2014 – 2015. With Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili back, the Spurs will continue to be one of the strongest powerhouses in the entire NBA and they are projected to enter the upcoming season as one of the top favorites for the NBA Championship, once again.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook didn’t manage to lift the OKC Thunder over the Spurs during the 2014 Western Conference Finals. Now, they will get one more chance. The Thunder will continue their efforts next season with almost the same formation they closed the 2013 – 2014 campaign. Will this be the season the Thunder manage to make it to the top?

Golden State Warriors

The Warriors recorded a breakaway season in 2013 – 2014. They established themselves as one of the top teams in the West and they even made their presence felt during the postseason. Now, with a new head coach, Steve Kerr and with all the necessary changes in their roster done, the Dubs are looking to seriously compete for the NBA Championship in 2014 – 2015. Their efforts to land Kevin Love have been unsuccessful up to now. Nevertheless, even if the Warriors move on with their current formation they will definitely be one of the powerhouses in the tough Western Conference.

Portland Trail Blazers

If the core of the Blazers is healthy next season, Rip City will be go deep into championship contention. The Blazers already added Chris Kaman, who will back up Robin Lopez. CJ McCollum will also be back healthy and the Blazers may add one or two more players during the summer. Rip City will definitely be one of the top teams in the West. BY: Chris M.

Spencer Hawes A Portland Trail Blazer?

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HAWES

The Portland Trail Blazers will once again be contending for the championship next season. Yes, it’s true Rip City fans. The moment we have all been waiting for, the time when our team would make it to the elite of the Western Conference is there and the greatest news is that the Blazers are here to stay. Although Rip City recorded a great 2013 – 2014 campaign and made it as far as the second round of the playoffs, it’s obvious that some adjustments are needed in order to take things to the next level. Smart offseason moves, trades and signings will help the team move forward and the signing of Spencer Hawes could be one of those.

The 7 – footer versatile big man could provide a significant boost to the Blazers’ shooting ability from mid and long range. In fact, Hawes recorded his best season up to now in the league in 2013 – 2014 both in scoring and in shooting percentages. In 53 games with the Philadelphia 76ers he averaged 13.0 points and 45.1 percent shooting from the field while after he got dealt to Cleveland, his numbers increased to 13.5 points per contest, 46.8 percent from the floor and 44.8 percent from three-point range.

Spencer Hawes

HAWES

It’s notable that Hawes could help the Blazers both in the shooting and in the rebounding category. Rip City has a solid starting five but it certainly needs to add some depth and also some quality in its front line. With Mo Williams holding a player option this summer, the Blazers might have to turn their interest towards other options, especially if Williams decides to seek for another destination.
But even if Williams stays in Portland, the Blazers will have both the financial flexibility and the need to land a player like Hawes. Portland has around $57 million in its books for the upcoming season and this means the team could throw a tempting offer on the table for Hawes. At the same time, Rip City will use its team option for Robin Lopez, unless a major surprise happens.

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HAWES

Of course, there are several alternative options with which the Blazers could upgrade their frontcourt. Chris Kaman and Jordan Hill will be unrestricted free agents this summer and they could have a big impact in Rip City’s chances to do better next season. Elton Brand, Emeka Okafor and Jermaine O’Neil could also be targets but they don’t have the quality and the potential of a guy like Hawes or Kaman.

With the picture we saw from the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2013 – 2014 campaign, it became obvious that this team can achieve great things in the next season. In fact, the Blazers seem to be a few tweaks away from seriously contending for a championship. And although Spencer Hawes will not make Rip City the best team in the NBA, it is a move that definitely makes sense for Terry Stotts’s group.

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Emerging powers in NBA’s Wild Wild West

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NBA WEST

The Western Conference has been the more powerful of the two in the NBA for several years now. This current season is no exception. Apart from the powerhouses, which were expected to dominate and they eventually did, we also saw several underdogs making their presence felt. The San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder are considered as the three elite teams in the West but the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors are also powerhouses, emerging ones. In fact, we could even say that the Los Angeles Clippers are an emerging powerhouse, given that it’s been just a couple of seasons since Lob City has made it to the top. Let’s examine each emerging power in the West.

Golden State Warriors

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WARRIORS

The Warriors are definitely an emerging powerhouse. Although the Dubs experienced several ups and downs this season, they also showed their potential. The Warriors entered the 2013-2014 campaign as one of the strongest championship contenders in the Western Conference and the truth is that it took them a while to showcase their abilities. Playing without their starting center, Andrew Bogut, the Dubs did manage to drag their first round series against the Los Angeles Clippers in seven games. They eventually fell to Lob City but the future seems to be bright for Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee, Andre Iguodala and the rest of the crew. Every core member of the team is under contract for at least one more season.

Portland Trail Blazers

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BLAZERS

Rip City made it to the second round of the playoffs this year and but it also managed to made its presence felt across the NBA world. The Blazers have now found their new face of the franchise, in Damian Lillard. The second-year point guard as already reached a superstar level and although he is just 23, he seems to be ready to make it to the list of the elite point guards in the NBA, together with Chris Paul, Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook. On top of that, LaMarcus Aldridge has managed to revamp his career and although he had some cold streaks during the playoffs, he seems to be capable of being the second star pillar, alongside Lillard. Nicolas Batum is the third member of Rip City’s Big Three and things in Portland now look better than ever in the recent history of the team. Look for the Blazers to continue emerging in the seasons to come.

Los Angeles Clippers

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CLIPPERS

Forget about the Lakers. The next big thing in LA is the team called “Los Angeles Clippers”, also known as Lob City. The Clips possess every single element a true powerhouse, an elite team needs to have. They’ve got two megastars, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, an emerging star, in DeAndre Jordan, the best sixth man in the NBA, in Jamal Crawford and also one of handful of guru coaches in the league, Doc Rivers. The Clippers have already emerged as a powerhouse in the West but they are continuing their upward course. If they don’t win the NBA Championship this year they will certainly have the chance to do so in the seasons to come. Chris M.

Stephen Curry Carries GS Warriors On His Shoulders

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CURRY

In one of the most fascinating and close games of the 2013-2014 season, Stephen Curry lifted the Golden State Warriors over the Dallas Mavericks 122 – 120. Curry hit the game winner, a tough step-back jumper with fractions of the second left in overtime, as the Dubs were tied with the Mavs at 120. This was yet another time Curry played big for the Golden State Warriors. He is proving night in and night out that he can be the true leader for the Warriors, leading the team to a successful playoff course.

The Warriors had two significant absences. Andrew Bogut was out with a groin contusion and David Lee remained sidelined due to a strained right hamstring. However, they managed to keep things going till the final seconds of the last quarter and the extra time. Every time Dirk Nowitzki and his company tried to extend the margin, the Warriors answered right back.

Stephen Curry took the team on his shoulders after the half, scoring 17 of his 23 points in the final two periods plus the overtime. Klay Thompson, provided much help finishing with 27 points on a 4 for 9 shooting night. The Splash Brothers proved once again that if they find pace, they can lift the Warriors over almost any team in the league.

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CURRY

Whilst Golden State missed its two starting big men, they got a significant contribution from Jermaine O’Neal in this game. The veteran center finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and a crucial block, which came with almost 20 seconds left in the game and would have put the Mavs up by two.

The Golden State Warriors are now on their final push towards the NBA playoffs. They have almost secured the sixth spot but they don’t seem capable of clinching the fifth seed, since the Portland Trail Blazers are also doing well as of lately. However, Golden State is a team to avoid for any of the top – seeded teams in the West. The Warriors are one of the hottest teams at the moment and Stephen Curry is playing in a close-to-MVP level.

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LIGHTS OUT

Steph Curry will be a huge factor for the Warriors come playoff time. The Warriors’ success in the postseason will heavily rely on the superstar point guard’s performance, his shooting but also his ability to cut down on his turnovers. As Curry has shown up to now, he can be the leader for the Warriors, the one to take the team on his shoulders and deliver when needed.

Golden State should face the Clippers in the first round of the postseason and it will definitely need Curry to give his all, much like the entire team will have to do in order to advance to the next round.Chris

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Can The Warriors Go Past Round Two?

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WARRIORS

The Golden State Warriors have managed to keep their competiveness level at high levels almost throughout the season. Whilst the team faced a bunch of injuries and small periods of slump, they have now solidified their playoff spot and they are, in fact, one of the strongest championship black horses in the Western Conference. The Dubs will most probably meet the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs and this will be a very tough matchup for them. Can they roll past the Clips and advance to the second round?

The two teams have split the season series to two apiece this year. Although the Warriors are one of the teams with the scariest shooting abilities from three-point range they are also a team that has experienced ups and downs this season. When Golden State focuses on cutting down on its turnovers and playing tight defense, they can really be a tough team to beat. Especially when the sharpshooting duo of Klay Thompson and Steph Curry sink their shots from beyond the arc, the Dubs can be unstoppable.

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WARRIORS & CLIPPERS

Nonetheless, the competition level is extreme as of now in the West. The Warriors are a very good team but they will face an even better one in the first round. If the LA Clippers are their matchup, the Warriors will stand some good chances to make it to the second round. Of course, if Golden State manages to steal the fifth seed from the Portland Trail Blazers and meet the Houston Rockets in the first round, things could be even better for them. Portland currently stands two games ahead of Golden State and have not been at their best shape as of lately. Although the Warriors lost two out of their three meetings with the Houston Rockets, they seem capable of matching with Houston’s strong points.

It will all come down to the Warriors’ pace and the conditions of key players most probably, like Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut. As long as the Splash Brothers stay hot on the one end of the floor and as long as the Dubs have Iggy and Bogut shutting down the lanes on the defensive end, they can stay optimistic that they can advance to the next round. It will be a surprise to see the Warriors topping the Clips and even the Rockets in the first round. However, this won’t be the first time we saw surprises happening in the NBA.

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With just four home games left at the Oracle Arena the Warriors have a potential chance to win all four since three are against non playoff teams and only one the Timberwolves should give them some struggles. Golden State sites in the sixth spot of the Western Conference only two points behind the Blazers but 5 1/2 points behind the Rockets who lost yesterday to the Clippers which would give them home court advantage in the first round, one that the Warriors could definitely use. Although Warriors playoff tickets are on sale now starting at just $125 a ticket the dates and venue of their first round games have not been announced yet. All Warriors playoff tickets for games that are not played come with a 100% refund. Buying Warriors playoff tickets early locks your price in so if ticket prices raise your still set to go. Chris

Who Will The Clippers Face In First Round Of Playoffs

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Lob City

The Los Angeles Clippers are going all the way towards a strong championship run this season. The team currently is within the chase of a better seed in the West, which will increase its chances to win the title in the conference and head to the NBA Finals for the first time in its franchise history. Let’s see which the potential opponents for the Clips are in the first round of the playoffs.

Doc Rivers’s group currently stands at the fourth seed of the Western Conference. The truth is that it has been stuck there for quite some time. In fact, the Clippers will most probably fight till the end with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Rockets for the seeds three to five. LA is 4.5 games behind the conference-leaders, Oklahoma City Thunder. We are just 20 games before the end of the regular season and the truth is that things could. However, it’s almost clear which will be the teams that will make it to the playoffs, with only the eighth spot still being a mystery.

Thanks to the recent additions of Glen Davis and Danny Granger, which fill the exact holes the Clippers had in their team, Chris Paul and Co. are expected to record an even better course till the end of the season, in comparison to their record up to now. It’s significant that the Clips have managed to stay at the fourth seed during the time CP3 was out with an injury.

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Clips VS Blazers

The Clippers could also meet the Trail Blazers in the first round. This will happen if the two teams finish at the fourth and fifth spots. Although the Blazers started the season red hot, leading the Western Conference for some stretches of the season, they have now fallen to the fifth spot. This will be a very difficult matchup for the Clips, but they still have the best odds to eliminate Portland in the playoffs.

So one potential opponent for the Clippers is the Golden State Warriors. This will be a tough matchup for the Clips, since the Dubs are a very dangerous opponent. The Warriors have won two out of their three meetings up to now in the season against the Clips. Due to their ups and downs, it’s still unclear where the Warriors will end up ranking at the end of the season. However, they are for sure a potential opponent for the Clips in the first round.

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A Houston Rockets Clippers is a potential first round match up as well. The Rockets have climbed to the third seed in the West, but they could fall again to the fifth in no time. This will be the first playoff appearance for Houston with Dwight Howard onboard so it’s still uncertain how the team will perform. The Clips should be able to roll past them in a seven-game stretch.

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Blazers First Round Match Up Possibilities

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The Portland Trail Blazers are indeed one of the strongest title contenders in the Western Conference this season. Whilst they entered the 2013-2014 campaign as underdogs, they have earned the contender characterization thanks to their incredible performances, especially during the first months of the season and also thanks to their consistency. The Blazers currently rank third in the conference, but it’s still unclear at which spot they’ll end up at the end of the regular season. Let’s examine who will the Blazers play in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

The truth is that the Blazers seem capable of beating almost any opponent, at least in the Western Conference. The Blazers won’t most probably meet the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first leg, so we’ll keep them off of our discussion.

Dallas Mavericks

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Blazers

If the regular season ended today, the Dallas Mavericks would be the first-round opponents of the Portland Trail Blazers. Rip City would be the obvious favorite in this matchup. Although the Mavs are over performing this season, they have neither the quality nor depth to match with the Blazers in a seven-game series. Damian Lillard would own the point guard spot, since Jose Calderon is unmistakable slower than the Blazers’ superstar. In the battle of the power forwards, between Dirk Nowitzki and LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland has the upper hand, too. Aldridge is recording arguably the best season of his career, while Dirk not at the best shape he’s been.

Golden State Warriors
The Dubs will be an opponent to avoid for the Blazers come playoff time. The Warriors are a very dangerous team and when the duo of Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry find rhythm, it’s almost impossible to stop them. The Warriors are great against teams with thin defensive lines and Portland currently ranks 25th in the league in points allowed. The Warriors currently rank seventh in the Western Conference but they are a potential opponent for the Blazers.

Phoenix Suns

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Damian Lillard

The Phoenix Suns are another strong potential opponent for the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers could find themselves playing against the Suns, who have been impressive up to now in the season. No one really saw them coming this season and yet they have managed to establish themselves as one of the most dangerous teams in the West. No team, even the highest-seeded one, will really want to meet the Suns in the first leg of the playoffs. The Suns currently rank eighth in the West, but they may be able to climb one or two seeds by the end of the regular season.

Houston Rockets
The battle for the spots three to five is very close in the West. The Houston Rockets have been trying to clinch one of the highest ones this season. At the end, though we might see the Rockets falling a bit behind and meeting the Blazers in the first leg of the playoffs. Whilst Dwight Howard and James Harden have already build chemistry, the Blazers have the potential to top them in a seven-game series. My favorite match up would be the Blazers Vs Rockets!Chris Michaels

CP3 Returns To Clippers Lineup

The Los Angeles Clippers had an outstanding finish to the week, welcoming back Chris Paul in the process. After losing to Denver and Miami to start the week the Clippers rebounded with consecutive victories over Toronto and Philadelphia, the latter marking the return of Chris Paul. The Clippers star point guard returned earlier than expected, helping the Clippers blow out the 76ers 123-78.

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Blake Griffin

Week Recap: The Clippers kicked off a week with a visit to Denver to take on the Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Blake Griffin had another massive game but the Nuggets pulled out the victory on Randy Foye’s three point shot at the buzzer. Foye’s deep three pointer came just six seconds after Matt Barnes hit a three on the other end of the court to give the Clippers a 115-113 lead. Griffin, playing the best basketball of his career in the absence of Paul had 36 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. Following the tough defeat in Denver the Clippers had the tough task of returning home to STAPLES Center to face Lebron James and the Miami Heat. The NBA was treated to one of its best games of the season as James and Griffin put together tremendous individual performances. The Clippers made a valiant effort to overcome a big Miami third quarter lead, but they couldn’t quite make it all the way back. The story for the Clippers was Griffin who had a season-high 43 points in the loss. It was Miami’s first win at STAPLES Center in six seasons. James had 31 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds for Miami. It was a tough second consecutive loss for the Clippers, putting them a half a game behind the Houston Rockets for the fourth playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Clippers rebounded from the Miami loss with consecutive victories over Eastern Conference foes, Toronto and Philadelphia. Saturday night Blake Griffin again scored over 30 times, this time with 36, to become the first Clippers player ever to score more than 30 in three straight games. The Clippers momentum continued into Sunday night when they scored an incredible 46 first quarter points en route to easily defeating the 76ers behind another strong performance from Blake Griffin.

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The Week Ahead: The Clippers have a light schedule heading into next week’s All Star weekend with just one game, an important matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. The Blazers are currently a game and a half on top of the Clippers for the third playoff spot in the west. Los Angeles is a half a game ahead of the Houston Rockets, currently on a five-game winning streak. Following the All Star Break the Clippers return home for a key game versus the San Antonio Spurs before heading off on a three-game road stretch that includes a key game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Over the next two weeks the Clippers will face each of the three teams ahead of them in the Western Conference standings, giving them an opportunity to make up ground. Chris Michaels.

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Damian Lillard The Next NBA Superstar

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Damian Lillard

is putting up significant performances this season. He and the Portland Trail Blazers are surprising the NBA world with their outputs. The last season’s Rookie of the Year is continuing to improve his performance this season. In fact, he does better in almost any part of the game, in comparison with the previous season. His scoring, his shooting, his defense and his clutch performances have seen improvement. But can he be considered as a star? Does he rank amongst the elite point guards in the league?

The 6’3” Weber State product has exploded offensively. After putting up two consecutive 36-point performances against the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Minnesota Timberwolves, he went on to score 29 against the New Orleans Pelicans. He also shot over 47 percent from the floor in those three games. In overall, Lillard is averaging 21.3 points per contest this season to go along with 5.8 assists and 3.7 boards. His shooting from the floor has reached the 41.0 percent mark on average and 42.6 percent from three-point range.

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Damian Lillard

Despite the big numbers, Damian Lillard’s importance to Portland goes beyond that. He is a general when on the floor, he draws much defensive attention and that’s where the entire offense starts for Portland. Lillard has built a great chemistry with LaMarcus Aldridge, especially on the offensive end. He plays with him the pick and roll and due to Aldridge’s finishing skills and versatility, this duo is really hard to stop. Lillard started showing some real clutch and leadership skills. Several times this season he has hit game-winning shots.

Taking a look at Lillard’s attributes, we first see that very explosive. In fact, he ranks at the top spots of the most explosive guards in the league, together with Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker and Chris Paul. His first step is super quick first step but he also has great body control when in the air. Additionally, he is an excellent ball handler and has developed his moves this season. His shot has also improved in comparison to the previous season. He has good court-vision although it could be further developed. What Lillard needs to work on now is improving his distributing role in the Portland Trail Blazers team. So can he be considered a star?

The answer is no. Because in order to rank amongst the elite point guards of the league, like CP3, Westbrook or Tony Parker Lillard will need to retain this exceptional performance. Consistency is what differentiates stars from the rest of the players who simply are on hot streaks. However, Lillard seems like he has the potential to do so.

In general, it’s fair to say that Damian Lillard is an emerging star. Really, he can reach the star and the superstar level but he is just not there yet. Nonetheless, the future is ahead and he will just have to continue and deliver.By:Chris Michaels

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