2013-14 Season Yearbook
This was a
year for the West to flex its muscles in pro basketball, with a number of
teams vying to take on the eventual repeat East champions from Miami.
In the East, Toronto took a big step in winning the Atlantic title, besting
a star-studded but aging Brooklyn squad. Chicago, missing their star player
for most of the season, bowed to Indiana again in the Central, while Miami's
all star cast rolled on in the Southeast.
In the Western Conference, several up-and-comers with talented young rosters
were poised to make a run at the championship. Oklahoma City rode the league
MVP to the Northwest title, besting an exciting and surprising Portland
team. In the Pacific, the LA Clippers overtook the Lakers as the best team
in that city despite tumultuous late season revelations about their owners.
But in the end, it was venerable San Antonio taking the Southwest crown over
a strong Houston club, then battling through the tough Western playoffs to a
rematch with the defending champs. And in the Finals, it was all about the
triumph of team basketball over superstar talent in a convincing five-game