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NBA Western Conference “Semis” Are Set

April 28, 2019

The NBA Western Conference semi-finals begin today as the two time defending champion Golden State Warriors (in the classic film, “On The Waterfront,” a less ominous version but a “gang” none the less is the “Golden Warriors”) face the Houston Rockets.

Last season “G.S.” sans home advantage, won a 7 game semi final from the Rockets, who were without Chris Paul when Golden State won both games 6 and 7 to win the series.

This year a round earlier, “G.S.” with home advantage, is about a two and a half to one series favorite.

In the other West semi, 42 years later there is a “2” seed Denver Nuggets vs “3” seed Portland Trail Blazers redux. Portland won that series in 6 games, en route to their lone NBA crown.

Denver, which before 7’ing the San Antonio Spurs, had lost 10 of 11 first round series, since shocking the league, top ranked Seattle SuperSonics (note the Portland and Seattle spellings and of course note the SuperSonics are now the Oklahoma City Thunder. Portland 5’d the Thunder in the first round of this year’s ‘offs) in 1994, last made the NBA semis/Western Conference final in ’09. Portland’s last appearance in that round was in 2000.

Both teams lost to the eventual league champion Los Angeles Lakers in those aforementioned, most recent semis appearance.

 

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