Sadly, the NBA’s regular season will be coming to an end Wednesday night.
The Los Angeles Clippers won’t be partaking in the postseason festivities, but they can make an impact on how things wind up in the standings.
The Memphis Grizzlies enter their matchup with the Clippers tied with the New Orleans Hornets for the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, and lost any chance of rising to No. 6 with their lopsided loss to Portland Monday night.
Former Clipper Zach Randolph will likely sit out his second consecutive game in order to rest up for the playoffs, which should make things quite a bit easier for the Clippers’ front court.
Randolph is averaging 20 points and 12 rebounds per game on the season, and Darrell Arthur is likely to start in his place.
The Clippers will come in riding a three-game losing streak, including a lopsided 99-78 loss to the Rockets in Houston Saturday evening.
Future Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin scored 13 points on just 6-18 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds.
While the Clippers have struggled on the road all season long, they’ve actually been one of the league’s better home teams of late, and have won 15 of their last 20 games as the host team at Staples Center.
These two teams met just over one week ago in Memphis, where the Clippers won an ugly one 82-81.
Mo Williams was a key for the Clippers on that night, scoring 16 points and sparking a fourth quarter rally for the Clips’ ninth and final road win of the season.
Memphis shot just over 39 percent that night, and made one of nine three-point attempts.
However, the Grizzlies have won nine of their last 12 games overall, and will be an extremely tough out once the playoffs come rolling around.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30pm PT.
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Written by Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith is a writer for the Los Angeles Clippers.