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PER Diem: April 7, 2009

Manu Ginobili's injury opens up the door for six other teams in the Western Conference

Updated: April 7, 2009, 5:16 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

All season, we've operated under the presumption that the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs would be the likely protagonists in the Western Conference finals. And even though San Antonio has hit its rough patches from time to time, we've given the Spurs the benefit of the doubt based on their history and because they've remained pretty imposing when all three stars were healthy.

But now?

Now we have to look at different scenarios. Somebody will play the Lakers in the conference ...

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