Friday's NBAction open thread

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No Clippers tonight, but you can still talk hoops with the other citizens of Clips Nation as you watch the other games.

There are 18 NBA teams in action tonight, but the Clippers are one of the dozen with the night off. No Lakers either, but there are plenty of games that impact the Clippers. The national TV games are Chicago-Boston and Oklahoma City-Dallas.

Chicago at Boston, 4:00 PM, ESPN

Toronto at Philadelphia, 4:00 PM

Charlotte at Orlando, 4:00 PM

Houston at Indiana, 4:00 PM

Atlanta at Brooklyn, 4:30 PM

Sacramento at Memphis, 5:00 PM

Golden State at San Antonio, 5:30 PM

Washington at Denver, 6:00 PM

Oklahoma City at Dallas, 6:30 PM, ESPN

I suppose Chicago at Boston is as interesting as Eastern Conference basketball gets, which is to say, not very interesting. Depending on when and how Derrick Rose returns, these are a couple of the teams that will get a chance to lose to the Heat in the formality that is called the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The late game has the Thunder visiting the Mavericks, and while Dallas has been playing better as Dirk begins to look more like Dirk (they've won four straight), a win over OKC, even at home, might be too much to ask. Still, if Dallas still has hopes of making a playoff run, they're going to have to win a few of these tough games, so maybe they can do the Clippers a favor tonight.

There's one other pretty big game for the Western Conference playoffs and that's the Warriors in San Antonio. Golden State will be missing Stephen Curry and San Antonio will be missing Manu Ginobili, but the Warriors had already started to fade before Curry turned his ankle yet again, and I see no way they will even compete with the Spurs in the AT&T Center given the way they've been playing lately. The Warriors are finding out that it's a lot easier to sneak up on teams, and that once teams start you seriously as an opponent, those upset victories are a lot harder to come by.

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