Who will advance in competitive West?

Five writers tackle five questions on the first round of the Western Conference playoffs

Originally Published: April 21, 2011

With the Grizzlies outplaying the Spurs, the Thunder steamrolling the Nuggets, the Blazers shocking the Mavs and the Hornets giving the Lakers more than they want, the West seems more wide open than ever.

Here's a fresh look by five writers as we go into Monday night's three Western Conference showdowns:

1. Are the Spurs done?

Mark Haubner, The Painted Area: I actually think the Spurs are OK. They barely lost Game 1 without Manu, and had an ...

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