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Grizzlies need this one tonight against the Clippers on national TV.

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis Grizzlies (42-38) at Los Angeles Clippers (52-28) (Oh...and BOOOOO)

STAPLES Center

9:30 CST

TV: TNT

Read more about the Clippers (Boo) over at Clips Nation

Grizzlies Notes

Last Game: Memphis 99 - Golden State 100 on Saturday night.  The Grizzlies went down to the wire with the team with the best record in the league, and maybe the best team of all time, and played them to the Warriors' only one point game of the season.

Injury List: Jordan Adams (Out, got lost playing Where in the World is Carmen San Diego), Tony Allen (questionable, too much of a bad ass to be out), Mike Conley (Out, Contemplating the cosmos and free agency), Marc Gasol (out, contemplating which Tera Chips to buy at Whole Foods), and Brandan Wright (Out, no discernible personality as of yet).

Probable Starting Lineups- Jordan Farmar, Tony Allen, Matt Barnes, Zach Randolph, and Chris Andersen

- If Tony can't go tonight or is held out tonight, look for Lance Stephenson, P.J. Hairston, or Xavier Munford to get the start instead.  Munford has been the best out of the three and really showed out on Saturday night against the Warriors. So Chris Paul's face may be safe for the evening.  Maybe.

- The Grizzlies gave maximum effort against the Warriors on Saturday night, and it might take another night of that to beat the Clippers (boooo) in LA.  ZBo has to get going and get going early in order for the Grizz to have a chance in this one.  Luckily, he's usually kind of motivated against this team for some reason...

Hell Boy lookin' floppin' ass...

- Then again, there's a chance that the Clippers (booooo) could rest everyone.  They really don't have anything to play for, and unless they really, really don't want the Grizzlies in the first round, I bet some of their guys sit tonight.

- Speaking of the playoffs, here is a look at the standings with two days left in the regular season.

- The Grizzlies currently sit in the sixth seed with two games left.  With Dallas' win last night against the Jazz, the Grizzlies cannot finish in the eight seed.  However the five through seven seeds are still available.

- Only Dallas controls its own destiny.  If the Mavericks win out they will finish in the fifth seed.  For the Grizzlies to  get the fifth seed or sixth, they will need the following things to happen:

  • Memphis will need to win their final two games, and need Dallas to lose to San Antonio and Portland will need to lose to Denver on Wednesday. If this happens Memphis will get the fifth seed.
  • It is virtually impossible for the Grizzlies to get the sixth seed.  Memphis does not own the tie breaker against Dallas or Portland. If Memphis wins its final two games, Dallas wins their game against San Antonio, and Portland loses to Denver, then the Grizzlies will be sixth.
  • A Grizzlies loss in either game means they will finish seventh and start their playoffs against San Antonio.

Got it?  And I'm glad this is one of the last times we will have to think about probabilities this season.

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Clippers (Da da da da-da Hey! YOU SUCK!) Notes

- Last Game- Clippers (boooo) 98 - Dallas 91 on Sunday.  The Clippers (boooooo) end the Mavs six game winning streak in a game they absolutely had to have.

- Injury List: None...lucky bastards

- Probable Starting Lineup: Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Luc Mbah a Moute, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan.

- This will probably change because I suspect the Clippers (booooo) will rest some guys.  Will update as necessary

- Blake Griffin is one of four players to average 18+ points, 9+ rebounds, and 4+ assists since the Grizzlies joined the league.  The others: Chris Webber, Kevin Garnett, and Antoine Walker.

- Chris Paul has averaged 9.8 assists against the Grizzlies, the most against any other team in the league.

- It feels weird that there doesn't seem to be much excitement for this game.  Everyone is looking ahead to Golden State and the wins record tomorrow or the playoffs this weekend.  But unless the Grizzlies climb up to the fifth seed, this may be the last time we see this team as currently constituted, with Chris Paul joining LeBron somewhere or Blake Griffin being exiled for being a dumb ass. Still, feels like the end of a hate era.  And in that I am totally disappointed.

Prediction Time

Clippers (boooooo) don't play the A-team, Grizzlies put together an all-heart effort.

Grizzlies 97 - Clippers (YOU SUCK) 93

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Thank you Chuck Norris.  Go Grizz.