Not that I'm thinking ahead or anything, but there are only two teams left in the NBA Playoffs with a better regular season record than the Los Angeles Clippers. If the Memphis Grizzlies and Washington Wizards can manage to win their home games, beginning today, they can clear the way for the Clippers to have home court advantage for as long as they keep playing.
Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards, 2:00 PM, ESPN -- Series tied 1-1
The story of these playoffs right now is injuries, particularly point guard injuries. Chris Paul missed two games for the Clippers, Mike Conley missed three games for the Bucks. But the biggest loss so far is John Wall for the Wizards. Wall has several non-displaced fractures in his wrist, and while he is hoping to be able to play through the pain in this post-season, he won't be playing tonight. The Hawks have been wholly unimpressive in the postseason despite their East-leading 60 regular season wins. Even so, they will have the upper hand against the Wizards, who have generally been great during the playoffs, as long as Wall is out.
Conley missed Game 1 after having surgery to clean up a fracture in his face. Just days after that surgery, wearing a mask, Conley led the Grizzlies to a victory over the mighty Warriors in Oakland, a place where they had not lost in over 20 games. This is a fascinating series, pitting the grit and grind Grizz against the splash and dash Dubs. Can the Grizzlies pull the upset? If they can, they'll do the Clippers a huge favor, as L.A. would have home court advantage in a potential WC Final showdown against Memphis, but not against the 67 win Warriors. Can Tony Allen continue to shut down Klay Thompson? Can Conley be the best point guard in a series that features Stephen Curry? The Warriors have been fantastic all season so don't be surprised if they bounce right back with a win in the Grindhouse.