If it seems like folly for the
The Clippers could finish anywhere from second to sixth in the Western Conference standings and play one of five teams in the first round.
"In three days," Clippers shooting guard
The Clippers (53-26) entered Friday in a tie with San Antonio (53-26) for fifth place in the West, only half a game behind Memphis (53-25) and Houston (53-25) for second place.
The Clippers could almost guarantee home-court advantage in the first round by winning their final three games, beginning Saturday at
"Just keep winning," said Rivers, whose team has won 11 of its last 12 games. "If you keep winning, it's hard for you not to get home court."
The only givens in the West playoffs are that
Assuming the Clippers win the rest of their games, they would hold tiebreakers for playoff seeding over San Antonio, Houston and Memphis, provided those teams did not win their division.
"There's so many scenarios," Clippers forward Blake Griffin said. "That's the crazy part."
The Clippers learned the importance of home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs last season when a raucous crowd carried them to a come-from-behind victory over Golden State.
"I remember as soon as we came on the court it was electric," Crawford said. "The crowd was into it. They were fired up and it was truly a win-or-go-home moment for us and we got it done."
Rivers said home-court advantage was less significant after the first round.
"Once you get out of it," Rivers said, "both teams are comfortable, both teams are playoff-tested now, so that's when to me home court [means] less. You're ready to play."
Rivers said the team would "most likely" sign another player before the Clippers' game against the
Crawford, who recently returned from a five-week absence caused by a severely bruised calf, said his rhythm was improving after working out with the team's second unit Thursday, an off day for the starters. … Griffin said he would select Houston's
CLIPPERS VS. MEMPHIS
When: 7 p.m Saturday PDT.
Where: Staples Center.
On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330.
Record vs. Grizzlies: 1-2.
Update: A Clippers victory would put them in position to own the tiebreaker between the teams, provided the Grizzlies do not win the Southwest Division, because it would give the Clippers a better record against Western Conference opponents, one of the tiebreakers used to seed teams.