It's a long way to the top of the Western Conference.
While the San Antonio Spurs continue to crank out the hits, it's the Oklahoma City Thunder who topped the charts last year.
Yet, the L.A. Clippers already had their moment in the sun this season. Are they one hit wonders or something bigger?
What about "middle teams" like the Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors? Can they be headlining acts for more than a first-round playoff series?
Finally, the L.A. Lakers, Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets remain locked in a battle of musical chairs that will leave one group out in the cold.
On this episode of Basketball By Association, Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes sort through the rowdy Western Conference playoff picture.
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