Apr. 25, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) looks to pass the ball and Los Angeles Clippers guard Randy Foye (4) defends during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 99-93. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

With Loss to Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers Lose Control of Destiny

One thing is now for certain, the Los Angeles Clippers will play the Memphis Grizzlies in Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs. What has not been determined is whether the Clippers will be booking a plane ticket to Memphis or not.

The Clippers made a late 4th quarter surge, despite being down by 18 points in the 4th quarter, but didn’t quite have enough to take control of the game in Madison Square Garden.

Chris Paul being out with a groin strain probably had a lot to do with this, considering he is one of the best, if not the best, 4th quarter finisher in the NBA this year.

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Randy Foye did his part scoring 28 points, and Blake Griffin chipped in 29 points as well, including a tough hook-shot with under a minute to go that put the Clippers down by only one point after the huge deficit. But it just wasn’t quite enough as J.R. Smith hit a long 2 pointer, and the rest was history for the Los Angeles Clippers roller-coaster of a regular season.

Now they enter the Playoffs with a sour feeling in their mouth after 2 straight losses, which could end up losing home-court advantage for them in the first round if the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Orlando Magic tonight. The Clippers and Grizzlies would have identical records if Memphis loses, but the Clippers own the tie-breaker because they beat the Grizz 2 out of 3 times this year. The Knicks will likely play the Heat in the first round, and the LeBron-Carmelo matchup will be one to keep your eye on.

Hopefully, Chris Paul will be back completely healthy for the Playoffs, and we are all in for one heck of a ride. What do you think the Clippers playoff hopes are?

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