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Working for a sports website like Bleacher Report means that you work with individuals who are passionate and knowledgeable about sports. To test that knowledge, we decided to put some of our staff members head to head in our "Office Throw Down." This week, we attacked the upcoming NBA Western Conference Finals.
We pitted John Greely and Aliko Carter against one another to tell us who they thought would come out on top. John Greely took the side of the veteran team and chose the streaking San Antonio Spurs, while Aliko Carter went with the up-and-coming Oklahoma City Thunder.
Greely focused on the fundamental skill of the Spurs. Veterans like Parker, Duncan and Ginobili all contribute to the team's current success. They have morphed over the past few years from being a defense-first team into an offensive powerhouse. With Popovich at the helm, John predicted that we would see the Spurs in the NBA Finals.
Carter, on the other hand, focused on the athleticism of the young Thunder team. The Thunder have their own deadly trio of Westbrook, Durant and Harden. Their youth and explosive talent could prove to be too much to handle for the aging Spurs. Also, Carter focused on the ability of the home crowd in OKC to sway a game or two in the Thunder's favor and be key in their ascent to the NBA Finals.