Every morning, we'll give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.
1: OKC Clipped
The Thunder have started to scuffle a little bit. They have now lost four times in their last six games, courtesy of Chris Paul and the Clippers. Paul's layup with 8.8 seconds sealed a win that keeps the Clippers alone in the fourth seed (a half game ahead of Memphis), but starts to raise some questions about Oklahoma City.
Are they coasting a bit down the stretch knowing they have a top two seed pretty much locked up? Or are their weaknesses just being exposed and revealing a vulnerable top seed that, come playoffs, will struggle to meet expectations?
2: Spurs... exposed?
Speaking of which. As I sat in the palatial Crossover Chronicles headquarters watching hoops last night, resident Spurs fanatic Jeff Garcia was bemoaning the fact that his Spurs were getting decimated by a bigger team. The knock on the Spurs, the other top seed out West, have shown they have a tough time with big teams (ahem, Memphis, playoffs.... ouch).
Last night it was the Lakers and the Pau Gasol/Andrew Bynum combo making a living inside and handing the Spurs a 14 point loss. Next up for the Spurs... that big Memphis team tonight. And after what Bynum did to them (more on that later), the Spurs have to be wondering what they can do to keep big front lines from having their way.
Both OKC and San Antonio are very good teams, but they, like every other team in the NBA, have flaws. There is no "pefect" team out there right now that will carve its way through everyone to a title. Everyone can be beaten.
Blake Griffin catches another one... this time its Serge Ibaka