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The Clippers played the only day game today, but there are seven more NBA games on the slate for the afternoon and evening. None of the most immediate Clipper rivals are in action tonight -- no Spurs, no Thunder, no Warriors -- but there is a Memphis game. Unfortunately, there are no national TV games, so if you don't have League Pass, you may not be watching any of these. The Chicago game is on WGN, so if you're system gets that then you can see the Bulls play the Suns.
- Atlanta at Washington, 4:00 PM
- Charlotte at Indiana, 4:00 PM
- Houston at Philadelphia, 4:30 PM
- Utah at Detroit, 4:30 PM
- Phoenix at Chicago, 5:00 PM, WGN
- Memphis at Dallas, 6:00 PM
- Miami at Sacramento, 7:00 PM
Dirk and the Mavericks can do the Clippers a favor by beating the Grizzlies. If not, then Memphis will be taking a five game winning streak into their showdown with the Clippers Monday night. It's a difficult game for the Grizz -- they have to travel to Dallas after beating San Antonio in overtime last night in Memphis. The Memphis starters all played between 37 and 43 minutes against the Spurs, so honestly, this looks like a schedule loss.
From the rest of Saturday's schedule, the big story line should be the season debut of John Wall for the Wizards. Wall has missed the entire season to this point with a stress reaction in his knee, but is expected to play against the Hawks. The Wizards season is more or less lost already, but it will be interesting to see if they can generate any positive results once Wall returns.