This is arguably the most intriguing matchup in the first round of the playoffs. These are two young, upstart teams looking to take the next step in becoming title contenders and now they must go against each other to get there.
The Los Angeles Clippers are no longer the little brother in Hollywood, and they need more than just big games from Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to win this series. The Memphis Grizzlies are even better after shipping top scorer Rudy Gay to Toronto and their defense will be a tough challenge for the Clippers’ high-powered offense.
The spotlight is on Zach Randolph to prove to Memphis that he was the right scorer to keep. If he excels in the spotlight, the Grizzlies will win this four-five matchup. If not, the Clippers will move on.
Below is the schedule for this first-round, Western Conference series, including dates, times and television networks. All times are Eastern.
Game 1: Saturday, April 20, at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. on ESPN
Game 2: Monday, April 22, at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. on TNT
Game 3: Thursday, April 25, at Memphis, 9:30 p.m. on TNT
Game 4: Saturday, April 27, at Memphis, 4:30 p.m. on TNT
Game 5: Tuesday, April 30, at Los Angeles, TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: Friday, May 3, at Memphis, TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: Sunday, May 5, at Los Angeles, TBD (if necessary)