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Posted Apr 17 2013 2:43AM

The Los Angeles Clippers are in control of their own destiny for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

The destiny of the Sacramento Kings' franchise, meanwhile, is far from certain.

The Clippers can clinch home-court advantage in round one Wednesday night when they visit the Kings in what could be the final NBA game ever in Sacramento.

Los Angeles (55-26) cruised in its home finale, 93-77 over Portland on Tuesday. Caron Butler scored a game-high 22 points and Blake Griffin added 16 in a team-high 27 minutes as the Clippers got plenty of rest as they try to improve to 14-7 in the second half of back-to-back games.

"It's very, very important," Griffin said. "We want to have home-court advantage in the first round."

The Clippers will gain the No. 3 seed with a victory Wednesday if Denver's franchise-record 22-game home win streak is snapped by the Western Conference's worst team, Phoenix. If Los Angeles and Denver win, the Clippers will host Memphis.

The only way Los Angeles will receive home-court advantage with a loss is if the Grizzlies fall at home to Utah.

Sacramento (28-53), meanwhile, is in the familiar position of playing a home finale that could be the last NBA game ever in California's state capital.

Wednesday will conclude the Kings' 28th season in Sacramento. Hours before this tipoff, NBA owners will gather in a New York boardroom to begin deliberating where the team will be located next season.

The Maloof family reached an agreement in January to sell a 65 percent controlling interest of the Kings to a Seattle group led by hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen at a total franchise valuation of $525 million, an NBA record. Hansen said he would raise the valuation to $550 million in response to Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson pushing a non-binding financing plan for a $447 million downtown arena through the City Council.

Two years ago, the Kings entered their home finale after Anaheim's City Council issued the bonds needed to entice the franchise and new federal trademark rights were requested.

"Pretty much every year since I've been here, the past five years, the last game of the season has been at home and it's been the same feeling - that uncertainty," forward Jason Thompson said. "It's just a little bit more into the media this year and things have been really going back and forth and stuff like that, so it's a little bit more emotion."

On the court, Sacramento has dropped three straight and seven of eight. Second-leading scorer Tyreke Evans left after hurting his left knee in the first quarter of Monday's 104-95 loss to Oklahoma City, and coach Keith Smart said his preference was for the guard to sit out Wednesday.

Griffin is averaging 20.3 points on 62.5 percent shooting to help the Clippers go 2-1 against the Kings this season, though his 26 points made little difference in a 116-101 loss at Sacramento on March 19. He could match up with DeMarcus Cousins, who has averaged 11.3 points in the season series.

Chauncey Billups returned Tuesday for the Clippers after he missed eight games with a strained right groin. He missed all five shots and had four points and five assists.

"I was happy to be out there running around," he said. "I was a little too excited with my shots."

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Must win tonight in Sac. Lets get it CLIPPERS!

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The Clips just have to play their hearts out and we got this. Hopefully we get hit with a miracle and Phoenix beats Denver.

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Gotta love this guy:

DetroitWillie34: Thx for the support twitter! Great team win tonight. Happy to see my dude Bigshot Billups back playing! #sacrifice #teamwork

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Willie is the ultimate team player. He deserves more minutes!

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Tyreke Evans is probably out tonight. Need to stop Thornton, Thomas, salmons, jimmer from going off from 3's.

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This is gonna be an emotional game for the Kings. Could be the last game in Sacto.

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^therefore the fans will be into it and the players will be extra inspired to win.

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If billups and Crawford aren't playing well, please play Willie! Free Willie!

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Marc Davis is one of the refs in tonights game, hope that's not a bad sign. He's the same guy who T'd up Reggie for a high five in playoffs last year.

Despite his horrible officiating we should get the W tonight, Can't wait for the playoffs! ClipperNation RISE!!!!!!

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To be fair, Reggie was being very disrespectful by showing team comradery. He's lucky he didn't get suspended IMO. Lol

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CapsNClips wrote:
clipperBryan32 wrote:
Marc Davis is one of the refs in tonights game, hope that's not a bad sign. He's the same guy who T'd up Reggie for a high five in playoffs last year.

Despite his horrible officiating we should get the W tonight, Can't wait for the playoffs! ClipperNation RISE!!!!!!

To be fair, Reggie was being very disrespectful by showing team comradery. He's lucky he didn't get suspended IMO. Lol

hahaaha! lol

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Can't wait for the playoff but let's take care of business tonight!!!

clippermitch
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Best case scenario:

Jazz win before our game starts, we sit our starters, and Rox beat Fakers.

I'm assuming Nuggets will beat Phx so 3rd seed is out.

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Bill Simmons just predicted we will lose tonight. Can we prove him wrong twice in one year?

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^ Most teams have a bulletin board to post negative press as motivation for the players... ours is a Bill-etin board, named in honor of our most consistent hater.

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F him! He can research basketball history all he wants but he doesn't know basketball.

CapsNClips
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Nice word play

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It's still fresh on my mind the 07 season when the kings beat us in a must win game Taft would have put us in the 8th spot against Dallas but instead gsw got it and went on to beat Dallas

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Reverse jinx...thanks Bill.

Jerediscool
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Haha that was pretty ironic that dallas threw that game so they would get GSW and not have to face us in the first round, only to have there asses handed to them

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I'm 99.9% sure Memphis will take care of business tonight. They always seem to...except when it comes to playing us. Razz

But that just means we DEFINITELY need to take care of business also!

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Anybody in SD having trouble accessing the appropriate channel for the game?

I have Uverse and the normal channel seems to be blacked out and i'm restricted from recording the game.

Voyeur
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Man, nobody has faith in our Clippers. I guess they won't until we prove them wrong.

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100% agree. thats the best case since Phx has no chance to beat Denver in Denver.

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haha no chance. We won't lose to the Kings two times in a row. Clippers are too good to make that mistake again.

In honor of Rasheed Wallace who just retired again today, I guaran-sheed a win!

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Voyeur wrote:
CapsNClips wrote:
Bill Simmons just predicted we will lose tonight. Can we prove him wrong twice in one year?

Man, nobody has faith in our Clippers. I guess they won't until we prove them wrong.

Bill Simmons is nobody.

Bill Simmons doesn't have faith in our Clippers.

ergo: Nobody doesn't have faith in our Clippers.

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Who's the broadcaster that just said "Nobody is talking about the Clippers and their top 5 defense"?

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The czar (Mike Fratello)... he digs our team. Always says good things.

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Sounds like ex Clipper hater JB.

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YES! Finally someone said something good about the Clippers! John Barry just said that the Clippers are a top defensive team and good enough to grind it out against teams. He said people shouldn't be overlooking the Clips.

I had to share this. I'm always shocked whenever these so called NBA experts actually have good things to say about the Clippers. It will just make it even sweeter once we make it to the finals.

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Figured that was Jon Barry. He used to trash us a lot.

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Was it Barry? My mistake. Sounded like Fratello. I just tuned in.

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Think it's Barry.

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Even though I hate the fact that the Clips switch on way too many defensive assignments, it's hard to argue with the stats. Clippers are 4th in opponents points per game in 94.5. They're only behind, CHI, INDI, & MEM. That's pretty impressive.

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Yeah, it was Jon Barry. He's calling the Memphis-Utah game now. Too bad, the Grizzlies are up by 10 now. Damn, why does it seem like whenever I root for teams I don't usually like, because it will help my team, they always lose hahaha.

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Jon Barry? REALLY??? Are we sure it wasn't Brent? LOL

That's a suprise.

Clippersfan86
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Utah didn't want it. Now HCA comes down to us. If we lose.. we are the road team.

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Yeah, Utah is falling apart. They can't handle Memphis' defense. Oh, well. At least this will make our game more exciting.

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On a side note, those are all teams that the Clippers are supposed to be afraid of. Teams that would surely ground Lob City.

We are 6-2 against those teams this season.

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So now that Utah is probably going to lose, that makes this game the most important one of the year. Clips better not disappoint.

Voyeur
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OMG. Losing to Sacramento tonight? When it means losing home court in the first round? We'd be talking about a huge meltdown.

TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS, GUYS!!!!!!!

Clippersfan86
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Our game has become even more important. Although Utah shouldn't have been expected to beat the much better Grizzlies anyways.

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Sat is the start of the PO?

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Yup.

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Come out with great intensity and strong defense and crush them early statement time !!!!!

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So we have 2 days rest we better blow up early the sac game to rest the starters.

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im scared as hell this is a MUST win!! lets get it clipper nation

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They need to play a lot of minutes for Billups he is rusty.

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OKC and SA both choked away big leads to lose tonight haha...

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