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NBA Playoffs 2016 First Round: Clippers Off-Day Open Thread, March 24th

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The Clippers are off today, but basketball is on!

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While we wait for Clippers-Blazers game 4 in Portland tomorrow night, there's a full slate of NBA playoffs games on today.  Watch and comment with the Clips Nation citizenry!

On right now (ABC): Spurs-Grizzlies game 4.  San Antonio leads the depleted Grizzlies 3-0 in the series and they're going for the sweep tonight in Memphis.  The Grizz are fighting admirably but they're missing stars Mike Conley and Marc Gasol and traded away wings Courtney Lee and Jeff Green once their starts were shut down for the season.  The Spurs should complete their sweep tonight.

On at 3:30 EST (ABC): Warriors-Rockets game 4.  Steph Curry injured his ankle in Oakland, and the Warriors dropped game 3 in the closing seconds to give Houston life.  James Harden, Dwight Howard, and company are now down 2-1 in the series with a chance to come up big at home and go back to Oakland 2-2.  Golden State is the best team in the history of the NBA and they should be able to easily dispatch Houston tonight if Steph is back, setting them up to clinch in game 5.  But if the talented roster that the Rockets have can put it all together and nab a win tonight, it'll be a best-of-3 series with the pressure on the Dubs.  Golden State, frustrated with losing, pulled off two really bush league stunts during their game 3 loss: a play where Andrew Bogut hooked Howard's arm and tried to dislocate his shoulder, and a NFL-style tackle from Draymond Green on Michael Beasely as the final horn sounded.  Green was retroactively assessed a flagrant foul.

On at 6:00 EST (TNT): Hawks-Celtics game 4.  Boston had a surprisingly good year, led by their amazing young coach Brad Stevens and a breakout star in Isaiah Thomas.  However, Atlanta is full of guys with playoff experience and Paul Millsap is one of the most unappreciated players in the league.  The Hawks lead 2-1 and Boston is missing Avery Bradley and Kelly Olynyk, which could deprive us of seeing a great fight in Boston to make this a series.  Thomas had an interesting sequence in game 3 where he smacked Hawks backup Dennis Schroder in the head, and then flopped to draw a foul on Schroeder, and then tried to pick a fight with him as if he'd been fouled hart.  It was a clownish and unnecessary sequence for a guy who has really come into his own with actual basketball this season.

On at 8:30 EST (TNT): Cavaliers-Pistons game 4.  The Pistons are outclassed talent-wise in this series, but you wouldn't be able to tell by how they've played.  Stan Van Gundy has coached this group to the top of their potential, and if they had landed any first-round match-up but Cleveland they would have had a shot at moving on.  As it is, they're down 3-0 to the heavy Eastern Conference favorites, but I'd be surprised to see this team go out with a whimper.  Games 1 and 3 come down to the final minutes, and this young Detroit team would be taking a step in the right direction if they could get a home playoff win tonight before Cleveland knocks them out in 5.