I liked the Clippers better when they sucked.

Anyone have a friend or relative that used to be pretty cool but then either made a bunch of money or got a bunch of power and became a totally different person?  Well that friend or relative is the LA Clippers.

Remember the good ol' days when Loy Vaught passed for the best player on a team and Benoit Benjamin got regular playing time?  Those were fun times.  Well now the Clippers are a bunch of jerks that hate cooperating with a Phoenix team trying to make the playoffs.

First they show up and act like terrible guests in rallying from 17 down to beat the Suns, and then they return home and lose to the Clippers.

Doc Rivers isn't even a real doctor.

Thursday April 3rd Key Western Conference Results:

Dallas Mavericks 113 Los Angeles Clippers 107 (Recap) - Like we didn't see this coming.  When the Clippers took a 4 point lead in the middle of the third quarter I was thinking maybe they wouldn't let me down.  When they rallied to tie the game at 89 with 8:44 to go in the 4th I was again injected with a little bit of hope.  Then in a move I can only assume they learned from the Suns, they stopped playing for about 5 minutes.  After that 5 minutes they trailed by 12 with 3:24 left.  A furious rally had they draw with 2 points of Dallas and actually get two separate open three point attempts to take the lead - but a returning J.J. Redick and Darren Collison missed their shots and the Mavericks garnered an enormous road win.  Dirk Nowtizki had 26 points and 11 boards for the Mavs while Vince Carter added 16 points - including 4 three pointers - in an effort that makes me want to change my sig.

Cliff Paul isn't real, jumping over a Kia isn't really that impressive (hell Marko Milic did something similar), and Jared Dudley is fat again.


Current Western Conference Standings:

1.San Antonio
59 17 .776 - 9-1 LOST 1
2. Oklahoma City
55 19 .743 3
8-2 WON 3
3. LA Clippers
54 23 .701 5.5 7-3 LOST 1
4. Houston 49 25 .662 9 5-5 LOST 3
5. Portland
49 27 .645 10 6-4 WON 4
6. Golden State
46 29 .613 12.5 5-5 LOST 1
7. Dallas
45 31 .592 14 6-4 WON 1
8. Memphis
44 31 .587 14.5
6-4 LOST 1
44 31 .587 15 7-3 LOST 2

Friday April 4th Western Conference Games of Significance:

Suns @ Trail Blazers: The last time the Suns were in Portland they opened the lane so wide for a Damian Lillard game winner that you'd think the play was blown dead:

Fun play, huh?

I know it's a road game against a team that has been playing great basketball since LaMarcus Aldridge returned from his latest injury but if the Suns have designs on ending their playoff drought they're going to need to find a way tonight.

Nuggets @ Grizzlies: The Nuggets hung nice and tough with the Grizzlies earlier this week which hopefully bodes well for tonight's matchup.  Unfortunately this game will be in Memphis.  On the plus side since missing a game tying three pointer the other night Timofey Mosgov is shooting a scorching 50% from three point range.

Kings @ Warriors:  I know the Suns are only two back of Golden State but the Dubs are pretty much done with the competitive portion of their schedule.  I'd be pretty surprised if they didn't cruise by a Kings team that hasn't beaten a good West team on the road since the calendar flipped to 2014.

Mavericks @ Lakers:  Back to back games are rarely easy but it helps when you don't have to get on a plane and are playing the Lakers.  Maybe the playoff tested Mavericks will take the Western Conference's 2nd worst team lightly - and maybe Captain America will lose in his latest sequel.

You're all thinking it so I'm just gonna say it -  with our playoff foes playing bottom feeders and the Suns in Portland, today could be a really, really bad night for the Suns playoff hopes.

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Blowing 17 point leads is not nearly as fun as most would think.

I'm Amy Santiago Scott Howard and I've got something to say.  As I feel that the English language cannot fully capture the depth and complexity of my thoughts I'll simply say that last night's Suns/Clippers game was cartoony thumbs down and made many of us feel face with Xs for the eyes.  But really folks this is no reason for all of us to start losing our minds.

The last two games have been admittedly rough, the Suns lost in two completely different ways - both painful in their own special way - and now again sit on the outside of the playoff race.  Because you know, tiebreakers.  Also there are just 7 games left in the season and you may have heard the Suns schedule is about as difficult as Case #52ABX-32QJ.  So why you ask am I so upbeat this morning?  These games are fun.

The Suns might not be in the playoffs yet, hell odds would suggest they won't make the playoffs at all but make no mistake, these last 7 games are playoff basketball games.  In these last 7 games we'll get the opportunity to learn more about this group of players than we have all season.  It will be a test of their mettle that the majority of the players on the roster have never faced before and if they want to extend their season more than a few of these guys is going to have to take their game up a couple notches.

If the Suns make the playoffs it will be because they earned it - if they don't it will be because they didn't.  So quiet your mouth sirens and enjoy the ride.  Eyes closed, head first, can't lose.

Wednesday April 2nd Key Western Conference Results:

Los Angeles Clippers 112 Phoenix Suns 108 (Recap) -  With 1:31 to go in the 3rd quarter the Suns led the Clippers by a score of 91-74 and had the ball.  Here's how their next 12 possessions went:

  • Eric Bledsoe turnover (throws the ball right to Chris Paul). 
  • Markieff Morris missed jumper.
  • Marcus Morris passes up an open corner three to dribble around and take a contested 17 footer he misses.
  • Gerald Green has his end of quarter 3 pointer blocked.
  • Gerald Green makes 1 of 2 free throws.
  • Markieff Morris attempts a hook shot for some reason.
  • Marcus Morris travels in the corner.
  • Gerald Green misses a three.
  • Marcus Morris misses a jumper.
  • Goran Dragic is blocked by Jared Dudley (in real life), ball bounces out to Channing Frye who hits a three as the shot clock is running down.
  • Eric Bledsoe misses an early in the shot clock 3 three. 
  • Miles Plumlee tries another hook shot. 

That was about 5 minutes of basketball.  In that period the Suns shot 1/10, turned the ball over twice, and saw their lead go from 17 to 6.  It wasn't that they missed - it's how they missed and the shots they took.  Ugly, unorganized offense rarely works.

Other stuff happened and you can read about it in Dave's recap (here's a link) but for me that 5 minute period was the game.

Minnesota Timberwolves 102 Memphis Grizzlies 88 (Recap) -  Just before the Suns tipped off their game with the Clippers, the T'Wolves were closing out a very helpful rout of the Grizzlies.  What a different time that was.  Kevin Love led the way for Minnesota with a 24 point, 16 rebound, and 10 assist triple double and settled nicely into the role of spoiler.  Memphis got a combined 11 points on 4 of 23 shooting from Mike Conley and Zach Randolph which qualifies as a recipe for a Grizzly loss.  Shabazz Muhammad had 8 points for Minnesota - which really I'm shoehorning in here because I still can't believe Shabazz Muhammad basically single-handily took a game from the Suns in late February.

San Antonio Spurs 111 Golden State Warriors 90 (Recap) - Maybe the Warriors were tired from playing an overtime game with the Mavericks the night before or maybe the Spurs are really just this dominant and this good.  Or maybe it's both.  As much as I make fun of the Full Squaders they were without Lee, Bogut, AND Iguodala.  That along with Steph Curry shooting 5/15 and Jermaine O'Neal playing just 4 minutes while he obtained an exuberance upgrade resulted in the Warriors getting smoked and the Spurs win streak ballooning to 19.  San Antonio hasn't lost a freaking game since February 21st against the Suns.

Current Western Conference Standings:

1.San Antonio
59 16 .787 - 10-0 WON 19
2. Oklahoma City
54 19 .740 4
8-2 WON 2
3. LA Clippers
54 22 .707 5.5 8-2 WON 4
4. Houston 49 25 .662 9.5 5-5 LOST 3
5. Portland
49 27 .645 10.5 6-4 WON 4
6. Golden State
46 29 .613 13 5-5 LOST 1
7. Dallas
44 31 .587 15 6-4 LOST 1
8. Memphis
44 31 .587 15
6-4 LOST 1
44 31 .587 15 7-3 LOST 2

Thursday April 3rd Western Conference Games of Significance:

Mavericks @ Clippers  - Is anyone else just assuming Blake Griffin rests tonight and the Mavs cruise to a victory?  I can't be the only one.  My suggestion for your night is to spend it having a cheap dinner, watching basketball, and boning down.  Can I say bone down in this post?  I guess they said it on network television so I'm probably good to go.  Anyway.  My enemy is now my friend, go Clippers.

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