The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs were the first teams in their respective brackets to reach this season’s NBA conference finals. With the other pairings already done, the next round of the playoffs begins this week.
The Spurs raced to a 3-0 lead, scoring convincing conquests against the young Portland Trailblazers. A solitary win went Portland’s way before San Antonio closed out the series with a 104-82 beatdown.
With the Texas-based squad barely breaking a sweat in disposing the Blazers, the story going forward is in what condition Tony Parker will be after he hurt himself on Game 5. It might help the Spurs though that Oklahama City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka succumbed to a season-ending injury.
In the other conference, the Heat looked to put away the Brooklyn Nets easily with big wins at home to start the series with a 2-0 lead. The Nets recovered on Game 3, but that would be their only win.
LeBron James scored 49 points in the fourth game as Miami emerged victorious, 102-96. On Game 5, Erik Spoelstra’s wards came alive from nine points down in the fourth quarter to steal a W and eliminate the Nets.
Once again, Miami goes up against the Indiana Pacers, a familiar opponent of theirs the past few postseasons. The Pacers look like they might have already found their groove, but one misstep and the season might come crashing down on the Eastern conference top seeds.
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