I think it has a lot to do with some guys being worn out combined with the fact that these teams have seemed to shoot lights out. They haven't looked right defensively since the Warriors game. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if we lost against the Lakers.
I would also like to add that we did go out west earlier in the year and went 2-1 in a trip including: LAC, SA, and OKC.
Well, yeah...of course their record would be worse if they were in the West. And of course they'd rather be in the East. That plays true for every EC team this year...because the gap is huge.
But, as said, they are 12-4 against WC teams. And there's no reason to question their greatness though. This thread is probably seeking to do just that. But, they're a more complete team this year than the last two years, and the last two year they gave the eventual champs a run for their money. I think they're more proven than any team out west aside from OKC and SAS. They aren't magically worse because of the conference they play in. Their record might be slightly inflated, but they are who they are, and that's a team that has shown it can go toe-to-toe with the league's best team consistently.
They might be a 3-4 seed in the West right now, but they aren't obviously or significantly worse than any of those 3-4 teams either. In a 7 game series, they can beat any team.