NBA Playoffs Round 1 Game 5 Clippers-Grizzlies first half open thread

Andy Lyons

I'm hesitant to throw around the overused term "must win" -- other than elimination games, there aren't really any "must wins" and this isn't an elimination game. But it's a close to a "must win" as the Clippers have been this season.

2013 NBA Playoffs - First Round
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Game 5 - April 30th, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
STAPLES Center
Prime Ticket, TNT, KFWB 980 AM, KWKW 1330 AM
Buy Clippers Tickets
Series Schedule
Series tied 2-2
Game 1 - Sat April 20 in Los Angeles, Clippers 112, Grizzlies 91
Game 2 - Mon April 22 in Los Angeles, Clippers 93, Grizzlies 91
Game 3 - Thu April 25 in Memphis, Grizzlies 94, Clippers 82
Game 4 - Sat April 27 in Memphis, Grizzlies 104, Clippers 83
Game 5 Tue April 30, Time 7:30 p.m., Los Angeles, STAPLES Center
Game 6 Fri May 3, Time TBD, Memphis, FedEx Forum
Game 7 * Sun May 5, Time TBD, Los Angeles, STAPLES Center
* if necessary
Probable Starters
Chris Paul PG Mike Conley
Chauncey Billups SG Tony Allen
Caron Butler SF Tayshaun Prince
Blake Griffin PF Zach Randolph
DeAndre Jordan C Marc Gasol
Key Reserves
Eric Bledsoe PG Tony Wroten
Jamal Crawford SG Jerryd Bayless
Matt Barnes SF Quincy Pondexter
Lamar Odom PF Darrell Arthur
Ryan Hollins C Ed Davis
Regular Season Advanced Stats
91.1 (19th of 30) Pace 88.4 (30th of 30)
110.6 (4th of 30) ORtg 104.9 (17th of 30)
103.6 (8th of 30) DRtg 100.3 (2nd of 30)
Injuries/Suspensions/Other
None
Keyon Dooling (neck) questionable

If you don't have access to Prime Ticket tonight, hopefully the first game won't run too long. TNT viewers must really think the Clippers are terrible, since they missed the competitive first half of Game 4 (not to mention that TNT's studio crew keeps telling the audience that the Clippers are "turrible"). If Warriors-Nuggets does run long (or FSM forbid goes into overtime), fingers crossed for the sake Clipper fans from outside the southland they'll actually figure out to start the game on NBA-TV this time. Unbelievable that they just let everyone miss an entire half of basketball on Saturday when they had a whole channel just sitting there.

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