While a Thunder -- Heat series is out of the picture there are still some spectacular match-ups on the horizon. Memphis heads one of the strongest defensive teams on the court and Miami is a traveling highlight reel. While San Antonio looks to end the Grizzlies spotlight moment, Indiana will try to take it from the Heat. The Finals are upon us and the bracket is as stout as ever.
- Date: May 19, 2013
Memphis vs. San Antonio
After two rounds of playoff basketball in the West the two teams left standing will head into the Western Conference Finals and put it all on the line for a shot at the 2013 NBA Championship. Memphis capitalized on OKC's missing star and took the series in five games to reach an all-time high in the franchise's history. With Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph dominating the paint the Grizzlies will get a shot at their first conference title against the San Antonio Spurs.
San Antonio will be coming back with vengeance as they look to extinguish the pain from last years conference finals loss against the Thunder. As Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker lead the Spurs down the court they biggest favor lies in Memphis' lack of playoff experience. The 2013 Western Conference Finals look stronger than ever with a series that has potential to come down to the buzzer in game 7.
- Date: May 22, 2013
Miami vs. Indiana
If the all star roster in Miami was not enough the silver lining came in the form of a 2013 MVP, awarded to the Heats LeBron James. Miami took this achievement and ran all the way through the playoffs with little struggle. In a postseason surrounded by a "who can beat the Heat" theme, the playoff road has not fallen far from predictions as James, Wade, Bosch and company are inline to compete for their second consecutive title.
Paul George and the Pacers were able to keep their winning streak at home alive in game six against the Knicks and now must turn their focus to Miami. While the Heat boast a much more skilled roster than Indiana the Pacers will need their size advantage to keep the series competitive. It's the last stop before the NBA finals as Indiana and Miami get ready for the Eastern Conference Finals.
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