The Clippers aren't the only NBA game going on tonight -- far from it. In total there are 14 games tonight, involving 28 of the 30 NBA teams -- every team except for Detroit and Dallas. From Miami's winning streak to the race for third in the West to the still close race for eighth in the West, there's plenty to keep up with.
Atlanta at Toronto, 4:00 PM
Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 4:00 PM
Orlando at Charlotte, 4:00 PM
Boston at Cleveland, 4:00 PM
Memphis at New York, 4:30 PM
Miami at Chicago, 5:00 PM, ESPN
LA Clippers at New Orleans, 5:00 PM, Prime Ticket
Indiana at Houston. 5:00 PM
Washington at Oklahoma City, 5:00 PM
LA Lakers at Minnesota, 5:00 PMm Time Warner Sports
Denver at San Antonio, 5:30 PM
Phoenix at Utah, 6:00 PM
Sacramento at Golden State, 7:30 PM
Brooklyn at Portland, 7:30 PM, ESPN
While the Clippers are playing the Hornets in New Orleans, the Heat will be putting their 27 game winning streak on the line in Chicago. This is how bad the East is -- the Bulls playing without Derrick Rose are one of the best chances out there to end the streak. (The Heat have to travel to San Antonio this weekend, which is the really tough one on the way to the record of 34 straight.) But of course we'll all be watching the Clippers game -- while keeping one eye on the Heat score.
The Grizzlies are facing the Knicks in New York. Both teams will probably be without their starting centers, but the Knicks have been playing well and could do the Clippers a favor by winning. The Nuggets have played great against the top teams in the West this season, but they'll have their work cut out for them against the Spurs in San Antonio. The Grizzlies tip a half hour before the Clippers and the Nuggets tip a half hour after, so we'll be getting updates on these games throughout the Clippers game.
The Lakers now lead the Jazz by a single game, with Dallas suddenly tied with the Jazz and looking like the bigger threat. Dallas has the night off, but the Lakers will be playing in Minnesota and the Jazz are hosting Phoenix. The Lakers will be without Metta World Peace, who is having knee surgery to repair torn meniscus. MWP was the one Laker who'd managed to stay healthy this season until now. I'm not a big MWP fan, but the Lakers are so thin that losing any part of the rotation is always a blow. Can they hold on to the final playoff spot without him, given all their other issues?