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Five things to watch in Western Conference finals

Updated: May 17, 2011, 3:19 PM ET
By Adena Andrews

The Western Conference finals, which tip off Tuesday, should be filled with intrigue in a matchup of two dynamic teams, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks.

Recharging their batteries After tying the league playoff record for 3-pointers in a single game (20) and sweeping the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, the Dallas Mavericks have had more than a week of rest. So much rest could be dangerous after building great momentum in a 122-86 Game 4 rout of the ...

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