by Brett Edwards
Due to the monumental playoff implications of the Clippers/Grizz game tonight, I will be live blogging a portion of the game, most likely the 3rd quarter. As has been well documented, it is in the Clippers' best interest to lose this game, since doing so would clinch the 6th seed and a home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs against Denver. The Grizzlies' reward for the 5th seed? A road playoff opener against the Dallas Mavericks.
Keep checking back to see if I can spot any signs that either team isn't quite giving it their all.
2nd Quarter : Announcers openly discussing the weirdness of the loser of tonight's game actually benefiting. The NBA really needs to address this in the off season.
7:20 : OK this is very unwatchable. I'll keep my promise and give a little bit of live blog action, but this is really bad basketball. 30-19 MEM is up, and neither team is playing ANY of their regulars. Check that, at least LAC started Elton Brand.
6:01: 33-19, thanks to a 3 by BOBBBBBBBY JACKSSSSSSSSSON. MEM's announcer needs to relax, seriously.
5:25: Timeout. So the Clips haven't played Cassell, Radmanovic, or Kaman, and actually started Vin Baker! If that alone doesn't warrant an investigation I don't know what does.
4:50: Walter McCarty scores, cutting it to 13. Tsakalidis just scored for MEM. Clipper announcers talking about their favorite movies, good stuff. A minute ago they were saying that they actually packed for 10 days in case they go to DAL. Like anyone's buying that.
3:40: Jackson hits his 3rd 3 of the quarter. Pau Gasol is not playing for MEM by the way. I heard he has a hangnail but we're awaiting official word from the team doctor.
3:00: McCarty BINGO! It only took him 80 games, as the Clipper's announcer Ralph Lawler just pointed out. By the way, Clipper announcers are actually one of the best play-by-play teams in the league. I would know, having the NBA League Pass I've heard them all, and most are horrible. Lawler has such gimmicks as BINGO! when someone hits a 3, and "Lawler's Law," which is the first team to 100 wins. Every time it happens in a game, he follows it up by saying "It IS the law!" in a serious tone. Classic.
0:26: Announcers giving reasons to watch the rest of the game, even though Clips are down 18. Can Mobley get his confidence back? Can McCarty contribute for the playoffs? Can Kaman film The Burbs 2 while the playoffs are going on? You know, important stuff.
HALFTIME: Mercifully, the half is over and I'm outta here. It's 51-33 Memphis, and I don't see the Clippers making a big second half push. I believe that all the players on the floor are actually trying and not screwing around or tanking, but the lineups for both teams are obviously ridiculous.