Best Storylines to Follow in the NBA Conference Semifinals

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  • Los Angeles Clippers, Doc Rivers, Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers
  • Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets
  • LeBron James Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets
  • Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat
  • LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan, Damian Lillard, Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers
  • San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers, Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs, Tony Parker, Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
  • John Wall, Washington Wizards, Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, NBA playoffs
  • Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, NBA playoffs

Can Thunder Slow Down Clippers’ No. 1 Offense?

We fully expect Durant, Westbrook and the Thunder to match offensive fireworks with the Clippers, but can OKC slow down LA’s top-ranked offense? Talents like CP3 and Griffin will still get theirs on the offensive end. But perhaps the Thunder’s defense will be aided by their ability to throw big bodies such as Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins and Nick Collison at LA’s 6-foot-11, 265-pound center DeAndre Jordan, who feasted on the Warriors for averages of 12 points and 15 rebounds per game during the first round. Curbing his paint production, especially on the boards, will go a long way for the Thunder. Hey Serge, this especially means you. Time to get big! (Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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