NBA Playoff Action Open Thread - Wednesday, April 20. Tasty Western Conference Matchups.

Will Chris Paul and the Hornets bring a smile to our faces like they did Sunday? Will Marc Gasol continue to make the trade that delivered his brother to the Lakers and him to the Grizzlies look less and less lopsided? Will Pau Gasol further that same argument with another lackluster performance? Will the Nuggets keep their composure late in the game against the Thunder, even if they get robbed by an awful non-call on a blatant goaltend?

We'll find out tonight.

Other notes:

Arron Afflalo will not return tonight for the Nuggets, and there is no specific timetable for when he will return, according to the Denver Post. Afflalo aggravated a hamstring injury in an April 11th game against the Warriors and has not played since.

Manu Ginobili (AKA Baldy McFlopperson, props to 2NASHTY) is questionable and will be a game-time decision for the Spurs, who are preparing as if Ginobili won't play. Ginobili sprained his elbow in the season finale against the Suns when the Spurs played all their stars since they were still bitter about the Suns sweeping them out of the playoffs last year trying to clinch the best record in the league and home-court advantage for a potential Finals matchup with the Bulls.

On tap:

Denver at Oklahoma City, 5PM PDT, TNT. Thunder lead series 1-0

Memphis at San Antonio, 5:30PM PDT, NBA TV. Grizzlies lead series 1-0.

New Orleans at LA Lakers, 7:30PM PDT, TNT. Hornets lead series 1-0.


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