By Angel L. Quiles Jr.
The N.B.A. playoff Eastern and Western Conference finals will shift home court this weekend. The eastern final between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers has been nip and tuck, and is tied 1-1. They are set to tip off Saturday night at 8:30pm ET from Miami, Florida. The San Antonio Spurs are up 2-0 in their Western Conference final series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and have looked unstoppable. Their game takes place on Sunday at 8:30pm ET from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Indiana has played hard all year in order to attain their number one seed in the Eastern Conference but, now are behind the eight ball. Miami is a dominant home court team, and have not lost at home this year in the playoffs going 5-0. Indiana backup center Ian Mahimi told Bleu magazine, “It doesn’t matter who has home court, you still need to win games on the road to become champions.” Ian won a championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2007. However, LeBron James, Duane Wade and the Heat are champions themselves, and they will be looking to take a strangle hold of this series. Indiana all-star Paul George was questionable for the game, but he will play.
The Western Conference final appears all but over. The Spurs have dominated the Thunder in the paint shooting over 60% from close range, due to the absence of their injured rim protector Serge Ibaka. Ibaka may play on Sunday night but how explosive he will be? Is highly questionable like Frank Lebatard. MVP Kevin Durant, and his sidekick Russell Westbrook will need to have major games in order for the Thunder to stay in this series. If they don’t it will be curtains for the Thunder.