The Los Angeles Clippers are teetering on the edge after dropping the first two games of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series with the San Antonio Spurs, but they now have their first game on their home floor to attempt to right the ship.
While a loss in Saturday's game three wouldn't eliminate the Clippers, it may as well. No team in NBA history has won a series after going down 0-3.
The Clippers are hampered in their quest by nagging injuries to all three of their top players. Blake Griffin has a left hip injury and a sprained knee, Chris Paul is bothered by an injury to his right hip and Caron Butler still has a fractured hand.
The Spurs look unstoppable right now. They have won 16 straight games including a 6-0 playoff mark. Led by their aging core of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, the Spurs won each of the first two games of the series by double digits.
Due to scheduling oddities caused by the Lakers, Clippers and the NHL's Kings all being in the playoffs at the same time, game three and four are being played on back to back nights. The fast pace could be an advantage for Los Angeles.
With Duncan, Parker and Ginobili all over 30 and Paul is 27, Griffin is 23, perhaps the Clippers pair of mega stars, with their young, stronger legs, will be better in the back to back games.
The most important thing for the Clippers will be to find a way to get Paul back playing the way he can. With the injury nagging him, he's combined for just 16 points and 13 turnovers over the first two games. He had just 25 turnovers in seven games against the Grizzlies in round one.
Where to watch: The game can be viewed online at www.firstrowsports.eu/sport/basketball.html. It will also be broadcast nationally on ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Prediction: The Clippers have probably reached the end of the line, injuries and unforeseen circumstances have robbed the Clippers of their full effort as the playoffs have gone on and now it will come back to haunt them.
Predicted Score: San Antonio over Los Angeles 102-90
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