Thursday's are usually the least busy night of the NBA week, and with just three games scheduled, tonight is no exception. Moreover, the national TV doubleheader on TNT features mostly Eastern Conference teams while the third game is between West teams that appear headed for the lottery, so the direct implications to the Clippers in tonight's NBA action are few and far between.
- New York at Indiana, 5:00 PM, TNT
- Dallas at Sacramento, 7:00 PM
- Miami at Portland, 7:30 PM, TNT
Miami and New York currently are atop the Eastern Conference standings, so if they lose it could conceivably be beneficial for the Clippers if they advance all the way to the NBA Finals and face one of them.
But I suppose we could just watch for the basketball also, right? Indiana is starting to play much better, and looks like the hottest team in the East right now. New York, which started hot, has been more up and down lately. They seem to be missing the injured Raymond Felton. Unfortunately for the Knicks they'll be without star Carmelo Anthony tonight, after he was suspended for a game for trying to confront Kevin Garnett. The Knicks do have Amare Stoudemire back who will be playing his fifth game of the season.
Portland currently holds the eighth and final playoff spot in the west, but they'll have their work cut out for them to hold off challengers like Utah, Minnesota and the Lakers. Miami has lost four of their last seven, but they should be able to handle the Blazers tonight.