It wasn’t long after the Clippers defeated the Lakers 120-97 Sunday at Staples Center that Chris Paul was being asked about Wednesday’s game coming up against Oklahoma City, which at this writing was 1 1/2 games ahead of the Clippers in the Western Conference standings; the Thunder was embroiled in a Sunday game with Phoenix. OKC is the No. 2 seed in the conference at the moment, the Clippers No. 3.
“It’s a big game; big game for us,” Paul said. “I’m not sure where we are as far as seeding and stuff like that, but what is it, 2 to 1 right now us?”
Paul was informed that is correct.
“Yeah, so if it does come down to something like that, we’d love to have the tiebreaker,” he said.
The Clippers only have four games left, the Thunder have six after Sunday.
The Clippers defeated OKC 111-103 on Nov. 13 at Staples Center, lost to the Thunder 105-91 on Nov. 21 at Oklahoma City, then beat the Thunder 125-117 on Feb. 23 at OKC.
Interestingly, but not surprisingly, OKC’s Kevin Durant was the leading scorer in all three games with 33, 28 and 42 points.