Links: Spurs and Thunder keep rolling towards likely Western Conference Finals matchup

Phew, that was like, almost a close call.

Ok, so I found no Wizards-related links this morning, and I actually looked, too. So here's an All-NBA Playoffs edition of links:

  • Remember yesterday when I wondered how the Clippers would win one game against the Spurs? Well, I looked pretty dumb after the first quarter yesterday, when San Antonio was already down by 22. But alas, 'twas not to be for the Clips, as the Spurs woke up on offense and bared down on defense, beginning the second half on a 24-0 run and eventually winning 96-86 to seize a 3-0 series lead. So after the Thunder stormed back from a 13-point deficit to beat the Lakers 103-100 (including a "hero ball," game-winning three-pointer from Kevin Durant with less than 14 seconds to play) and take a 3-1 series lead, it looks like we can expect a Spurs-Thunder matchup in the Western Conference finals. That could be one of the more fun NBA playoff series in recent memory. Recaps from both of yesterday's games: [Daily Dime | Ball Don't Lie | Spurs-Clippers (SB Nation, SI, AP) | Thunder-Lakers (SB Nation, SI, AP)]
  • More from Tom Ziller on how the Spurs rode their defense to a Game 3 win.
  • It was clear in Game 3 of Spurs-Clippers which team's core had been together for a decade and which has been together for one lockout-shortened season. [ESPN Los Angeles]
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