Commentary

Matchups matter in the West

Updated: April 10, 2013, 11:31 AM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

As we saw last week when looking at paths to the Eastern Conference finals, matchups matter in the NBA playoffs -- a lot. So shouldn't the best teams be able to choose their opponents? That's the logic the NBA D-League has applied to its postseason since 2009. The three D-League division champs get their choice of opponents, with the remaining two teams facing each other.