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Friday NBAction open thread

There are a dozen games on the NBA schedule tonight, including several with implications for the Clippers.

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It's a busy night in the association tonight, with a dozen games on the schedule. The Clippers aren't playing, but all their key rivals are. The ESPN games feature both Oklahoma City and San Antonio, first and second in the Western Conference -- unfortunately, it's unlikely that the Clippers are going to gain any ground on them.

New York at Toronto, 4:00 PM

Denver at Washington, 4:00 PM

Chicago at Charlotte, 4:00 PM

Detroit at Indiana, 4:00 PM

Houston at Brooklyn, 4:30 PM

Sacramento at Atlanta, 4:30 PM

Orlando at Memphis, 5:00 PM

Dallas at New Orleans, 5:00 PM

Minnesota at Oklahoma City, 5:00 PM, ESPN

Boston at Phoenix, 6:00 PM

Portland at LA Lakers, 7:30 PM, Time Warner Cable

San Antonio at Golden State, 7:30 PM, ESPN

The fifth place Nuggets visit the Wizards. Denver hasn't been particularly good on the road, and Washington has been playing better, so this one could be close. That's not really the case for the fourth place Grizzlies hosting the Magic -- Orlando has fully committed to being truly terrible with their trade deadline deals, and may not even have eight healthy players for this game. The Grizzlies are now tied with the Clippers in the loss column, so it has gotten interesting for third place at this point.

The Thunder are hosting Minnesota in what should be a relatively easy win for the Thunder. The late ESPN game between the Spurs and the Warriors could be interesting, but only if the Warriors can find their groove again. The Spurs have won 16 of 17 and destroyed the Clippers last night. They're on the second game of a back to back, but they're so freaking good it may not matter.