Commentary

Spurs-Suns series may decide West

PER Diem: April 30, 2010

Updated: May 1, 2010, 5:57 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Tim Duncan and Amare StoudemireBarry Gossage/NBAE/Getty ImagesFrom surprise endings to busted noses, the Spurs and Suns have been through it all in the playoffs.

With apologies to fans of the Lakers, Jazz, Nuggets and Thunder, I think we have our Western Conference finalists. Unfortunately, they're playing each other in the second round.

San Antonio and Phoenix were the West's two hottest teams entering the playoffs, ranking second and third, respectively, in my Power Rankings at the end of the regular season. Only Utah had a better point differential, as both squads closed with a bang -- the Suns finished on a 28-7 tear, while the Spurs went 18-8 against an impossible stretch of schedule.

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