The teams might have changed but the circumstances stay the same during the NBA’s playoff season. It’s win-or-go-fishing time for both the San Antonio Spurs (tonight in the Western Conference finals) and the Miami Heat (Thursday night in the Eastern Conference finals).
We’re going to find out in the next 48 hours if Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder are ready to replace the Spurs’ Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili (not to mention the Lakers and Mavericks) as the new power of the Western Conference. And we’re also going to find out if Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and the rest of the Boston Celtics are ready to make one last stand in The Finals by taking down Miami’s LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
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