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The Western Conference Is Showing Its Age

Submitted by on April 28, 2011 – 12:02 pmNo Comment

The Western Conference is looking a little old out there on the hardwood. Yes, the Eastern Conference has a weaker bottom half of the bracket, but there is no reason why both the Spurs and the Lakers are having such a difficult time with the lowly Hornets and Grizzlies.

You can argue that the Lakers got off to a slow start last year when the Thunder pushed the hell out of them. But last year’s Thunder were a far superior team to this year’s Hornets. The Hornets have no business winning two games without David West. None. But perhaps it’s the age factor that is playing a role in all of this. Chris Paul is causing havoc all over the floor. And, umm, that’s really it. The Lakers are bigger, stronger, more seasoned and are dominant up front. Why CP3 and company are able to rip away two games in this series is a testament to their youth and hunger. Not saying the Lakers aren’t hungry, but the big guys (Gasol and Bynum) should be feasting on Okafor and Landry on the inside. If Kobe‘s left ankle and foot just happened to get worse, can Kobe really trust his teammates to close the show? Not right now…

As for the Spurs, this is ridiculous. The Grizzlies appeared to throw away the last few games of the season to get a crack at the team with the best record in the Western Conference. They knew something that everyone else didn’t. Those old bones in San Antonio are wearing down. If it wasn’t for Gary Neal‘s clutch triple in OJ Mayo‘s eyeball as the final 1.7 seconds of the game, this post would be all about taking the Spurs out “Old Yeller” style before the next season. But those late heroics have the Spurs hanging on and turned this post into a “what the hell is wrong with the Spurs & Lakers” discussion. As the series shifts back to Memphis, you have to wonder if that last gasp was truly all San Antonio had left. Winning two games in a row is going to be a task. Hopefully they won’t break their collective hips trying.

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