Apr 12, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) goes up and misses a dunk attempt in the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Los Angeles Clippers Clinch Playoff Berth Against Ailing Minnesota Timberwolves

The Clippers chalked up another easy win after a hard-fought battle against the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier in the week. It was a fairly easy victory, and it should have been considering the Timberwolves were missing not only Ricky Rubio (ACL), but also Luke Ridnour (sprained ankle) and Kevin Love (concussion). Blake Griffin scored 19 points, Caron Butler added 17 and Mo Williams returned from injury with 14 points. Chris Paul played his lowest minute total of the season, because of the amount of minutes Mo Williams logged.

Minnesota stayed competitive in the first half with solid performances from Nikola Pekovic, Anthony Randolph, and Michael Beasley, but simply couldn’t do anything against the Clippers defense in the second half.

“It can’t get any worse, man. Can’t get any worse.” J.J. Barea said after the Timberwolves seventh consecutive loss.

The Clippers have won 8 out their last 10 games, and have been playing their best basketball of the year by far. They now have a one and a half game lead on the Memphis Grizzlies for homefield advantage; they are also only 1 game behind the Lakers for the Pacific Division Title as well. The Clippers clinched a playoff berth with the win, and have only 6 games left in the regular season. The Timberwolves were officially eliminated from Playoff contention with the loss.

The Clippers next play on Saturday vs. Golden State, then a Monday rematch vs. Oklahoma City, and Wednesday at the Denver Nuggets.

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