Clippers clinch No. 4 playoff seed with 115-95 rout of Kings


The Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers' first-round matchup is going to be one of the most physical series in the opening round in the league.

With two minutes, 23 seconds left, Pierce checked into the game and the crowd roared.

“Were peaking at the right time, ” backup guard Jamal Crawford said.

Hayward has been a scoring nightmare all year long, and his assist numbers have dropped slightly due to the addition of George Hill. As the Utah Jazz prepare to face the Clippers, they must be wondering which version of the Clippers will show up. Griffin, Paul and DeAndre Jordan are in their sixth season together trying to make it happen. For the Clippers, it's how starting small forward Luc Mbah a Moute handles Utah star Gordon Hayward. To get past the first round, the Jazz will need even more from the underrated Joe Ingles who is shooting 44.1 percent from the three-point line this season and Joe Johnson who averaged just 9.2 points per game on the season. The Clippers have their own All-Star in the frontcourt, of course: Griffin. With all the praise Hayward has rightfully received this season, he has struggled against Clippers, putting up only 15.7 points instead of his season average of 21.9 points.

Garcia wins 1st major title at the Masters
He clenched both fists and shook them repeatedly. "We've always had a good friendship and a good camaraderie and good rivalry". Garcia then proceeded to bogey Nos. 60 PGA Tour starts and 7 major starts before first major win at the Masters in 2015.

This marks Patrick Beverley's fourth playoff appearance in five seasons with the Houston Rockets. The difference this year is the addition of a 3-point shot. For starters, the Jazz stayed in the running for the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference, which they lost on Saturday after Damian Lillard torched them for 59 points. The last time the Warriors rested Thompson, it was a part of a statement that Kerr made at the end of an eight-game stretch in which Golden State played in eight different cities. There can be a case made that he's in the running for Most Improved and Defensive Player of the Year, both astounding accolades that he could add to his young career. Jordan might be just as imposing at the rim. Every game is very meaningful.

The former Boston Celtics star was showered with "We want Paul!" chants, prompting coach Doc Rivers (who was the coach of the 2007-08 Celtics team that won an National Basketball Association title) to oblige the LA faithful. Utah finishes the regular season with a record of 51-31, their best since 2010. Curry is expected to join forces with Durant for the first time since February on Monday, but Golden State coach Steve Kerr indicated he is likely to give Klay Thompson the night off against Utah. For starters, the Clippers have dominated the Jazz recently, winning three of four during the regular season and 18 of the past 20 games.

However it shakes out, this much is certain: LeBron James will go up against longtime postseason nemesis IN, or his close friend Dwyane Wade, or his former Heat team IN the opening round. The other went to the Indiana Pacers, who downed the Atlanta Hawks.

"The group of guys that we have, especially going into the playoffs - we've got to make sure we come ready to play, because we know they're (Houston) going to be ready", he said.



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