It has only been two weeks since the Western Conference playoffs began, and already the bracket has been busted.

The top-seeded team is in trouble after losing its second-best player to a knee injury. The No. 3 seed is history. Both would-be Los Angeles juggernauts — the fourth-seeded Clippers and seventh-seeded Lakers — have been bounced.

It feels a little like the stars are aligning for the second-seeded Spurs to make a long-awaited return to the NBA Finals.