Blake Griffin usually comes out on the winning side in battles at the rim, but crazy things happen sometimes.
Do you know who Tarik Black is? You probably don’t, and that’s alright. Blake Griffin also probably didn’t know who Black was, but he definitely does now.
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Tonight started a little back-to-back between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers to conclude their season series. In a funny turn of events, the Lakers are now the terrible team that is playing for nothing (well, ping-pong balls), and the Clippers are the team trying to improve their playoff seeding.
Counting tonight’s game, the Clippers only have five games remaining in the regular season and should consider them all must-win games. The Western conference is just a different type of beast, and a lot can change before the playoffs start. The Clippers are the 5-seed right now, but they only have a tie-breaker over the San Antonio Spurs that’s keeping them from the sixth spot. Not only could the Clippers easily drop a spot, but they could also climb up in seeding since they are only two games out from the 2-seed. The combined record for their five opponents to finish the regular season is only 159-222, so it’s not crazy to think they could win out and put themselves in a great position.
The Clippers have a 13-point lead over the Lakers at half, but that did come with one rough moment from Griffin. Griffin was in transition for the easy bucket, but Black met him right at the time and won the battle.
Griffin seems to be fine, though, as he is the game’s leading scorer with 12 points (56 percent shooting) and four rebounds. Black also put up a solid first half stat line with six points (67 percent shooting), six rebounds, one block and one steal.
The Clippers should have no problem with finishing this game.
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