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Not every regular season game is huge, but this one is. The Clippers can re-take third place in the Western Conference and serve notice to the Grizzlies that they intend to stay there with a win tonight.

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2012/2013 NBA Regular Season
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43-19
March 12th, 2013, 7:30 PM
STAPLES Center
Prime Ticket, KFWB 980 AM, KWW 1330 AM
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Probable Starters
Chris Paul PG Mike Conley
Chauncey Billups SG Tony Allen
Matt Barnes SF Tayshaun Prince
Blake Griffin PF Zach Randolph
DeAndre Jordan C Marc Gasol
Advanced Stats (through games of March 10)
91.7 (16th of 30) Pace 88.9 (28th of 30)
110.1 (5th of 30) ORtg 104.8 (18th of 30)
102.7 (7th of 30) DRtg 100.0 (2nd of 30)
Injuries/Suspensions/Other
Caron Butler (elbow) out
Darrell Arthur (back) questionable
Eric Bledsoe (calf) doubtful

Jamal Crawford (ankle) probable

Trey Thompkins (knee) out

How much will the Clippers miss Butler and Bledsoe? Bledsoe's absence may be a blessing in disguise if Billups plays well and keeps the turnovers down. Meanwhile Barnes and Hill are more than capable of handing the three spot tonight. Crawford on the other hand would be a big loss.