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"The Stack" 4-27-16

Blake Griffin is done for the rest of the playoffs with a left quadriceps injury. The curse of the Clippers lives on. Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports
Blake Griffin is done for the rest of the playoffs with a left quadriceps injury. The curse of the Clippers lives on.
Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports
This shot by Solomon Hill looked like it counted and the Pacers and Hawks were going to OT. Upon review, the ball was still in Hill's hands when the buzzer went off. Raptors won 102-99.
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There wasn’t much playoff action last night, but The Stack is here with reaction to the playoff basketball that was played plus a couple of other stories so let’s get right to “the stack” for today, Wednesday, April 27th:

 

Blake Griffin out for rest of the playoffs

 

As if it wasn’t bad enough losing Chris Paul for the rest of the postseason with a broken hand it got worse for the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday when the team announced that Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the postseason with a let quadriceps injury.  I guess technically Paul is just ruled out as indefinitely, but let’s face it, the Clippers are highly unlikely at this point to beat the Portland Trailblazers let alone the Golden State Warriors.  There has been plenty of chatter that the Clippers may blow things up, but I think that would be a mistake, at least this year.  With a healthy Paul and a healthy Griffin the Clippers can compete with the likes of the Warriors, Thunder and Spurs in the western conference.  They just haven’t been able to get over the hump.  And maybe that is why they will make drastic changes this offseason, because Paul and Griffin are not healthy together the majority of the time.  Interesting times in L.A. this summer.

 

Raptors roar back, Hawks halt Pacers

 

It didn’t look good for the Toronto Raptors last night.  The Indiana Pacers came out focused and were looking very comfortable offensively.  The Raptors were constantly down by 8, 9 and double-digit points headed into the fourth quarter and that is when it all changed.  The defense forced more turnovers and DeMar DeRozan was sensational.  He finished with 34 points and if he didn’t go off, the Raptors would be staring at a 3-2 series deficit.  Instead, thanks to a 15-2 run to start the fourth quarter, the Raptors tied the game and took a lead after a guy by the name of Normal Powell stole the ball and dunked it home.  The fans were going crazy.  The Raptors would have a 102-99 lead and had to hold off the Pacers one final time.  Indiana’s Solomon Hill heaved up a three from the corner and it fell.  The Pacers tied the game at 102 and overtime would have to decide this game.  Oh but wait, Hill didn’t get the ball off before time expired and the Raptors won 102-99.  It was extremely close.  Perhaps another tenth of a second more and the basket would have counted.  It was that close.  The Raptors can win their first series in a long time now on Friday.

 

The Atlanta Hawks also are up in their series with the Boston Celtics 3-2 after their 110-83 beatdown of the Celtics Tuesday night in Atlanta.  It didn’t look like the Hawks were going to win this game for a while, let alone score 110 points.  The Hawks started out 6-for-34 from the floor.  That is terrible.  Yet the Celtics weren’t much better offensively themselves.  Having said that, given that the home team was struggling as much as they were, the Celtics missed a golden opportunity to put the Hawks away.  Once Kent Bazemore started to get the threes to fall and the Hawks finished the first half making eleven of their final twelve baskets.  The hot shooting continued in the second half.  Pretty incredible.  We’ll see how the Celtics respond now on Thursday.  Wednesday’s NBA Playoff schedule is as follows:

 

Charlotte Hornets @ Miami Heat 8 PM ET TNT (Series tied 2-2)

 

Portland Trailblazers @ Los Angeles Clippers 10 PM ET NBA TV (Series tied 2-2)

 

Houston Rockets @ Golden State Warriors 10:30 PM ET TNT (Warriors lead series 3-1)

 

Stanley Cup Playoffs

 

We do have a game seven tonight on the ice.  Game sevens are tough to beat.  Plus we have a second round series starting up tonight so it’s a good night of playoff hockey.  Here’s tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff schedule:

 

New York Islanders @ Tampa Bay Lightning 7 PM ET NBCSN

 

Nashville Predators @ Anaheim Ducks 10 PM ET NBCSN

 

There is plenty of trivial NFL news out there like Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis meeting with Las Vegas officials about possibly relocating there and Johnny Manziel getting indicted on assault charges on his ex-girlfriend plus more reaction from the football world regarding Sam Bradford’s demand to get traded and from current players on Roger Goodell and the Deflategate and Tom Brady situation, but we won’t be going in depth on any of those stories today.  There will be plenty of football talk tomorrow.

 

Coming up Thursday: The Stack’s 2016 NFL Mock Draft revealed


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