West braces for tough postseason matchups

West braces for tough postseason matchups
Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Caron Butler, left, and Chris Paul (3) in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Memphis, Tenn. The Clippers won 91-87. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The West has been the better conference during the regular season, and now teams are looking for the payoff during the NBA postseason.

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The conference has been so dominant that the second-seeded New York Knicks in the East would be only the No. 6 seed in the West.

Sure, the NBA playoffs will run through the defending champion Miami Heat and LeBron James, but Memphis coach Lionel Hollins says he prefers playing against the best to make his team better.

And that's why Hollins says he likes playing in the West over the East.

But it makes it more difficult to get to the finals.

The matchups in the West should make for entertaining playoff drama, but only one survivor will play for the NBA title in June.