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  1. What Would an NBA Sweet 16 Look Like?

    Kirk Goldsberry

    The Phoenix Suns are 41-29 and currently a half game out of the Western Conference playoffs. However, they have a better record than all but two teams in the Eastern Conference. They are obviously one of the 16 best teams in the NBA, but there&rs...

    Blog | March 24, 2014
  2. About Last Night: The Playoff Picture

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy scaring little children by reciting Mariners hitting stats from the past decade, here's what you missed in sports on Wednesday: The Utah Jazz were eliminated from the NBA playoff picture after an 86-70 loss to the Memphis G...

    Blog | April 18, 2013
  3. Why the West Is Fun: Are Division Winners Colorado and Anaheim Ac...

    Cam Charron

    In 2012, the L.A. Kings entered the NHL playoffs as an 8-seed, up against the Vancouver Canucks, the defending Western Conference champs. They seemed to be at a disadvantage, but a funny thing happened: L.A. won the first three games and forced Vanco...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  4. About Last Night: The NBA Pre-Playoffs

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were out getting covered in Dwight-Out all day long, here are the top six stories you missed in sports on Tuesday: In a pair of Western Conference showdowns with playoff implications, Portland handled the Lakers on the road while Steph...

    Blog | April 02, 2014
  5. The Western Conference Playoff Derby

    Zach Lowe

    Talk to anyone associated with one of the five teams fighting for the last four seeds in the ridiculous Western Conference, and you're likely to hear some version of this: "I don't even care who we play at this point. I just want to ge...

    Blog | March 27, 2014
  6. B.S. Report: Zach Lowe

    Bill Simmons

    Bill Simmons talks to Grantland's Zach Lowe about the 2014 Sloan Conference and how the NBA's Western Conference playoff race is shaping up. Listen to the podcast here. (And find Part 1 of Monday's podcast, Bill with Wesley Morris on ...

    Blog | March 04, 2014
  7. Anthony Davis's Fracture May Break the Pellies

    Zach Lowe

    The harsh reality of the Western Conference: If your team's internal projections have them settling around the 45-win mark, a medium-term injury to your best or second-best player could make the difference between a playoff spot and a trip to New Yor...

    Blog | December 02, 2013
  8. How the Dallas Mavericks got back into the playoff chase in the W...

    Zach Lowe

    Before the All-Star break, Rick Carlisle's team was as good as done — now it's suddenly back in the playoff chase.

    Story | Conversation | March 28, 2013
  9. About Last Night: Here Come the Mavs

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were out all night looking for the afikomen, here's what you missed in sports on Tuesday: Dallas got a crucial win in the Western Conference playoff race, beating the Los Angeles Clippers, 109-102, at home. Clippers forward Blake G...

    Blog | March 27, 2013
  10. San Jose struggles and NHL Week 9

    Katie Baker

    Pull it together, San Jose! Plus the rest of the week in the NHL.

    Story | Conversation | March 21, 2013
  11. Grantland Network: The Basketball Jones

    Grantland Network

    On today's show, The Basketball Jones discuss the Western Conference playoff race, whether Doug Collins is done with Philly, memorable Madison Square Garden moments, Derek Fisher's return to OKC's bench, LeBron James's pregame dunking, and Tyreke Eva...

    Blog | March 01, 2013
  12. Q&A: Utah Jazz Head Coach Tyrone Corbin on His Team's Three Bigs

    Zach Lowe

    The Jazz look to be settling in as a solid bottom-four playoff seed in the Western Conference, though with Golden State off to a surprising 17-8 start, making the playoffs at all is no guarantee for the incumbent No. 8 seed. Utah is 14-12 after an ex...

    Blog | December 19, 2012
  13. NBA Finals Preview: Can the Thunder Beat the Heat?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    The Oklahoma City Thunder's pick-and-roll play is integral to their offense, which you might remember from my Western Conference finals preview. Of the Thunder's 1,304 half-court possessions in the playoffs, 426 were pick-and-rolls, according to Syne...

    Blog | June 12, 2012
  14. NBA Playoffs Playthrough: Spurs-Thunder

    Chris Ryan

    It's Friday, which means two things: You're killing it with your casual attire and it's time for another one of Anthony Richardson's CPU vs. CPU NBA Playoffs Playthroughs. This week, Anthony tackles the huge Western Conference Finals clash between...

    Blog | May 25, 2012
  15. The Coming Western War: Oklahoma CitySan Antonio Preview

    Sebastian Pruiti

    So far in the playoffs, neither the San Antonio Spurs nor the Oklahoma City Thunder have been truly tested. But when they face each other in the Western Conference Finals, I'm expecting that to change for both teams. They both score efficiently, but ...

    Blog | May 25, 2012
  16. The Los Angeles Kings, Washington Capitals, and the rest of the p...

    Katie Baker

    The Kings are just the start — lower seeds have been the story of the NHL playoffs.

    Story | Conversation | May 07, 2012