Los Angeles Clippers Leave Destiny in Hands of Magic
The L.A. Clippers are in the midst of their best season since moving to Los Angeles. They had a chance to win the Pacific Division for the first time in franchise history. They had a chance to secure home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. With their final two games on the road against Atlanta and New York controlling their own destiny. If they win one, they secure home court. If they took them both? They had a chance to win the Pacific Division crown over their inner city rival, the Lakers.
And wouldn't you know it. They folded down the stretch of the game in Atlanta, despite a combined 70 points from Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. Okay, no big deal. They squandered their opportunity to win the division, however, with a game in New York Wednesday night, they could salvage the season ending trip by securing home court in their first round matchup with the resurgent Memphis Grizzlies.
Breaking News prior to the game: Chris Paul will not play with a mild groin strain. Yikes. Well, this just doesn't seem fair! The Clippers had gone through so much, having already won 40 games this year! Now, in the final game of the season, with home court advantage on the line, one of the top MVP candidates in the league cannot play? This doesn't look good.
Well, the Clippers lost last night as well. Despite erasing an 18-point fourth quarter deficit, the Clippers fell without Mr. 4th quarter and now leave their destiny in the hands of the Orlando Magic. With the Clippers trailing the Memphis Grizzlies by 1/2 a game heading into tonight, the Magic visit Memphis, who have won 11 straight at home, in an effort to aid the Clippers' hopes at beginning their first round series in Los Angeles.
Was it worth it to rest Chris Paul with the postseason looming? Was it worth it to potentially lose home court in their first round matchup with the Grizzlies? Maybe not. But CP3 is by no means worried: Chris Paul on the idea that Memphis is the team that no body wants to play: "Who cares. I can't go by what everybody says."
Clippers vs. Grizzlies will most certainly be one of the most entertaining, evenly matched series in the first round. You best tune in.