Breaking down the West playoff race

Expect another wild finish in the Western Conference (PER Diem: Feb. 28, 2012)

Updated: February 28, 2012, 5:16 PM ET
By John Hollinger |
Kevin Durant, Chris Paul & Tony ParkerUS PresswireThe Thunder, Clippers and Spurs are sitting pretty in the West standings, but things could change fast.

If the East is Miami and Chicago and a bunch of question marks, the West is more like Oklahoma City and a bunch of exclamation points. Even low-seeded teams in this conference represent serious threats come the postseason, as we saw a year ago when No. 8 Memphis nearly made the conference finals while the top two seeds combined to win zero second-round games.