There are not as many injuries in the western conference but certainly some intense play! The defending champion Mavericks are just a few seconds away leading the series 2-0 instead of being down 0-2 against the heavily favored OKC Thunder. Kevin Durant remains the leader of the Thunder as they look to knock off the champs.
Overcoming a 24 point deficit in under 8 minutes is a remarkable feat but to do it without one of your leading scorers is more impressive. The LA Clippers shocked the Memphis Grizzles & their sold out arena with a 99-98 victory in game 1. In the second half, Clippers forward Caron Butler left the game with a broken hand and is expected to significant time.
The other 2 series, the LA Lakers vs Denver Nuggets and the San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz have been less competitive. I know anything can happen but it’s likely that neither series will go past 5 games with the Lakers and Spurs moving on.