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Clippers vs. Thunder preview and game thread: The final day of the season

It all comes down to today (for seeding, that is)

Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Hornets Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Just like that, today is the final game of the regular season. We made it. Almost playoff time!

Game Information

When: Sunday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. PT

Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK

How to watch/listen: Bally Sports SoCal

Opposing perspective: Welcome to Loud City

Projected Starting Lineups

Clippers (48-23): Patrick Beverley, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Serge Ibaka, Ivica Zubac

Thunder (21-50): Theo Maledon, Moses Brown, Isaiah Roby, Aleksej Pokusevski, Darius Bazley

Injuries/Absences

Clippers: Amir Coffey (Health & safety protocols), Terance Mann (Personal Reasons) — OUT, DeMarcus Cousins — QUESTIONABLE

Thunder: Mike Muscala, Lu Dort, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Al Horford — OUT, Ty Jerome — QUESTIONABLE


Today is the final game of the regular season. The Clippers will be taking on some version of the Oklahoma City Thunder. I haven’t been paying as much attention to some of the non-playoff teams.... but are you telling me OKC has lost 22 of their last 23 games!? My goodness. But, by looking at their starting lineup, it’s easy to see why.

Well, the Clippers should win this game. They’re expected to play everyone, so this shouldn’t even be close. So, with that being said, allow me to go over the potential playoff scenarios for the Clippers tonight in regards to seeding.

Clippers win + Nuggets win = Clippers 4th seed

Clippers win + Nuggets loss = Clippers 3rd seed

Clippers loss + Nuggets loss = Clippers 4th seed

Clippers loss + Nuggets win = Clippers 4th seed

So, it looks like the likely scenario is the Clippers getting the 4th seed, so anything can happen. If that goes down, the Clippers will most likely face the Mavericks in the first round for the second season in a row. However, here’s what would have to happen for it to not be the Mavericks, and be the Blazers instead.

Blazers win + Pelicans win + T’Wolves win

If those three results happen, the Clippers likely face Portland in round one. Like I said, it’s highly likely it’s Dallas, but anything is possible.

LET THE FUN BEGIN!