Clippers hoping sun doesn’t set on the season

first_img“I can’t ask him that,” Cassell said. “He’s going to do what’s best for his ball club. We’re all friends. We still got to take care of our business. We got a big game in Phoenix, and if we come out with the same kind of effort again in the first half (as in the Sacramento loss), we’ll get our (butts) whipped again.” Elton Brand even said he wouldn’t be offended if the Mavs mail in the game. “They handled their business all season,” he said. “If they want to rest guys, those guys deserve a rest. We didn’t deserve a rest.” It appears that the Mavs are leaning toward resting players, although there has been no official word. Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki told reporters, “I don’t know if we’re going to play everybody. Obviously, this game means a lot more to them than to us.” Both the Clippers and Warriors also play on Wednesday, with the Clippers hosting New Orleans and the Warriors hosting Portland. But those games should be automatic wins for the home teams, if a playoff berth is at stake. Of course, that “Automatic Win Theory” did not happen Sunday, when the Clippers hosted Sacramento. “We still have to win two games and rely on somebody else,” Clippers center Chris Kaman said. Also: Cuttino Mobley is questionable for tonight’s game, after straining his calf in the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ loss to Sacramento. He did not practice on Monday, but neither did his team, which focused on film and its game plan against Phoenix. [email protected] (562) 499-1338160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Clippers’ collective morale was devastated Sunday when they lost to the Sacramento Kings and lost control of their playoff destiny. So Monday, they tried to regroup by flying to Phoenix and looking at film. Tonight, the Clippers could be eliminated from the playoff race should they lose to the Suns and if Golden State beats visiting Dallas. The good news for the Clippers is the Suns played in Houston on Monday night and are locked in as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. This will be the Suns’ final game of the season, and there appears to be little motivation for them to win, other than pride on Fan Appreciation Night and to head into the playoffs with a victory. However, Suns coach Mike D’Antoni told the East Valley Tribune that “We’re going to try to win,” instead of rest players. In Golden State, Dallas is locked in as the No. 1 seed, but could be motivated to beat the Warriors. The Bay Area team is 2-0 against the Mavericks this season and is the only squad in the NBA with a winning record against them. The Clippers and Warriors are battling for the No. 8 seed and a playoff date with Dallas, so the Mavs may be motivated to try and knock out the Warriors. At least, that’s what the Clippers desire. “I am hopeful that Dallas plays a great game and gets a win,” coach Mike Dunleavy said. “I hope they are at full strength. I am not the one pulling the trigger on that.” No, that’s Dallas coach Avery Johnson. And although Sam Cassell is a close friend of the Little General, he has no plans of calling and pleading with him to make sure the Mavs play their All-Stars. last_img read more

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