Apr 3, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) attempts a shot against Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Western Conference Finals 2014 preview: Thunder swept Spurs in regular season, 4-0

With the 104-98 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, the Western Conference Finals is now set as the Oklahoma City Thunder will now advance to take on the champions from last season, the San Antonio Spurs, in a series that should more than live up to the hype that it will unquestionably receive.

But if you look at what happened in the regular season, you would think that the hopes for the Spurs would be an all-time low. In the 2013-14 NBA season, the Thunder basically had their way with the veteran bunch from San Antonio, winning all four games that were played.

We learned in the recent series with the Miami Heat and the Brooklyn Nets, though, that regular season sweeps don’t matter all that much as we watched Miami make some quick work of the team that swept them this season.

Plus, as we’ve seen countless times before, anything goes in the postseason when Tim Duncan, head coach Gregg Popovich and the rest of the Spurs are locked in. There was no more evidence of this than how they easily handled the Portland Trail Blazers in their last series.

Who do you think will come out of the West and head off to the Finals? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

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