The stubborn Memphis Grizzlies aren't the only obstacles in the Los Angeles Clippers' path to closing out a rare playoff series victory. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are banged-up heading into Game 6, and Caron Butler continues to play with a broken left hand.
The Clippers could have earned some much-needed rest with a win in Game 5 Wednesday night. Instead, they lost 92-80, forcing the series back home to Staples Center with a second chance to clinch just the third playoff series win in franchise history on Friday night.
''It gives us a lot of confidence going back home,'' DeAndre Jordan said. ''We won our last two at home, so we'll just try to go home and feed off our home crowd.''
Griffin was scheduled to have an MRI on his sprained left knee Thursday, when the Clippers didn't practice. Paul has a strained right hip flexor and a jammed middle finger, but he says he plans to play Friday.
That's good news for the Clippers, since Paul has been the catalyst in leading them to thr...