MEMPHIS, Tenn. Here are three observations from the Clippers' 91-87 win over the Grizzlies on Saturday.
1. If this is what a playoff series would bring ... bring it on
The final stat sheet was lying in a bucket of ice in front of Grizzlies guard Tony Allen, as he conducted his postgame interview. On the other end of the spectrum, music was blaring in a celebratory Clippers locker room.
This one felt like a playoff game, but the real postseason starts next weekend, and Memphis (54-26) currently sits fifth in the West with two games left. Los Angeles, the Pacific champs (54-26), jumped ahead of Memphis on the strength of a seasonal tiebreaker, taking three of the four games in the regular-season series.
The Grizzlies had won 13 straight at home two shy of a franchise record. But the Clippers won here twice this season.
That aside, Clippers forward Blake Griffin would prefer to have the majority of playoff games in Los Angeles, should the teams meet again.
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