San Antonio Spurs: Ranking The Potential First Round Foes
The NBA playoff landscape is finally starting to take shape.
We now have a clear idea of who the contenders are out West (San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers).
We also know who will be fighting it out for the rest of the playoff spots (Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns).
As of now, we think its fair to write off the Minnesota Timberwolves. They simply have too many losses and are too beat up to get back into the playoff mix, which, as it stands, will still leave one quality team out of the playoffs.
Assuming the Spurs will be a top-four seed, Featured Columnist Nick Elizondo and I have emailed each other back and forth so we can try to take a look at all the possible match ups and scenarios that San Antonio could face in the first round.
(These teams are ranked by who San Antonio would rather face in the first round from most preferable to least. Each match up is also given a star ranking for entertainment value, as well as a predicted series result and MVP.)
****All stats courtesy of NBA.com/stats