This game was not only the second-to-last game of the regular season, but also the second-least-exciting one. This game only meant anything for the Clippers in that it moved the chances of Memphis securing the 5-seed from 0.0001% to 0% (they would have had to also beat the Warriors tomorrow night).
As of now, there are two games tomorrow that are relevant to the 5-seed: San Antonio @ Dallas and Denver @ Portland. If Denver can play spoiler against the Blazers, and Dallas beats a resting Spurs squad, then the Mavericks can steal the 5-seed. If any of the other possibilities play out, the Blazers will keep control and face off against the Clippers.
If you missed tonight's game, here's some relevant tidbits:
- Blake looked good, even though his statline wasn't the best. His release on mid-range jumpers was quicker and more confident, and he had one acrobatic flying and-1 that was vintage Blake.
- J.J. Redick made 3 three-pointers in the first half, tying his own franchise record for three pointers made in a season at 200. He didn't play in the second half after suffering a heel contusion.
- Austin Rivers, playing extended minutes in the absence of Redick and Crawford (rest) led all scorers with 14 points. He continued his hot shooting from deep, hitting on 3-6, pushing his season percentage up to 33.8%.
- Jeff Green had 13 points and made some nice plays and some typically Jeff Green-style bad plays. He's up to double figures in scoring in 8 of his last 10 games, which is a really good sign for a player that's famous for his inconsistency.
- Wes Johnson made a corner three and had two big blocks on the defensive end. He's solid all-around, but pretty sub-par on the ball defensively and his shooting from anywhere but the corners is a massive liability. Here's an idea: stick Wes on a secondary defensive assignment (Aminu?) and don't let him be anywhere but in the right corner on offense.