Happy Tuesday friends. I hope you had a good weekend. This pollen is getting old real quick.
Clippers 85 Grizzlies 94
The Western Conference is getting wild with less than a month left in the season. With the win, the Grizzlies pulled within 1/2 game of the Clippers for 4th place and more importantly home court advantage in the first round. The race for playoff seeding will be interesting to watch since 4th through 10 th place are separated by just 4.5 games.
Both of these teams are 8-2 in the last 10 and are playing well. The intensity level of these games is starting to ramp up as the playoffs approach and teams get desperate. Last night’s game was very physical as the Grizzlie’s weren’t interested in watching Lob City do their thing. Memphis played a very balanced game, with six players scoring at least 10 points but none with more than 18 (Marc Gasol). The Clippers defense was again suspect as they allowed the Grizzlies to shoot 50% from the floor.
Celtics at Heat (7:00 ESPN): The last time these two teams played Miami mailed it in, Rondo had a triple double and the Celtics won 91-72. While championship caliber teams have done this for years (the Celtics two years ago come to mind), the Heat haven’t actually won anything beyond the Eastern Conference. I don’t expect a similar performance tomorrow tonight as the Heat are gearing up for the playoffs. If Miami does decide to play, Boston will have a tough task trying to beat a team that is 24-3 at home this season.
Dwayne Wade’s ankle is still bothering him, but he is expected to return to the lineup against the Celtics. Both teams play fantastic defense, but Miami is more capable on the offensive side of the ball. Boston must take care of the ball in order to limit the Heat’s transition game. Lebron James is leading the Heat in points (26.8), rebounds (8.0), assists (6.4) and steals (1.9).
ESPNU’S Signing Day Special (7:30pm ESPNU): The nations top two recruits will be announcing their college decisions tomorrow night. I gave my predictions yesterday as to where some of the best remaining players will end up. Let’s see if I was right. John Calipari is also expected to appear on the program as well, so you would think he is expecting good news.
See you again on Thursday!