Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl said on SiriusXM’s Beyond the Brink Tuesday morning that the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs are the only real contenders for the NBA title this season.
I think all season long everybody in basketball thought Oklahoma City was the best team in the west, but were they mature enough to show that? I think last night, I think everybody right now, I think it’s going to be a San Antonio-Oklahoma City thing. San Antonio is playing with so much flow and rhythm and rhythmatic offense and their defense is not great but it is solid. It’s still a pretty good defensive team. Their offense is so in flow right now I love watching San Antonio play. And this is the time of year where there’s a separation and I’m not ready to sign the contract but I’m pretty sure Oklahoma City is a higher degree than everybody else right now, along with, probably, San Antonio. … I’m very prejudiced toward the west. I’ll be honest with you, I think there’s four or five teams in the West that can beat Miami.
I agree with Karl that the West is far better than the East and that Miami would have a better chance of not making the NBA Finals if they were in the Western Conference.
The Thunder and Spurs have looked better than anyone else recently and their eventual Western Conference Finals meeting will probably be the best series we’ll see all season.
And with the injury to Chris Bosh for the Miami Heat, they are going to have a very tough time even making the NBA Finals now.