Clippers Facing Must Win Home Game?
Of course, before a potential Game 7 back in Memphis on Sunday, there will be a Game 6 Friday night in Los Angeles. Mathematically, just like Wednesday’s Game 5, it will be a must-win game for the Grizzlies but it will be just as much of a must-win for the Clippers if they are still to win this series.
When the Clippers left Memphis Wednesday night and boarded their charter flight back to Los Angeles, they knew this had to be their last roundtrip to Tennessee if they hoped to make a trip to San Antonio next week for the next round of the playoffs. If they are forced to make a return trip the River City this weekend, they might as well start making vacation plans while they’re at it.
“We fought hard for home-court advantage and we want to take full advantage of it,” Clippers guard Mo Williams said after losing Game 5. “Our Game 7 is Friday.”
As hard as the Clippers fought to gain home-court advantage in their historic comeback win in Game 1, winning Game 6 will be even harder if they are forced to play with a hobbled Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Paul and Griffin both finished the game on the sideline after Griffin suffered a sprained left knee and Paul suffered a strained right hip flexor late in the game. Both will be re-evaluated Thursday in Los Angeles.