The Houston Rockets were able to record a shocking 83-60 blowout over the Los Angeles Clippers. Because of it, Will Clyburn likely saw extended playing time and used the most of it.
Clyburn played exactly 10 minutes and went 3-of-5 from the field, finishing with 6 points. It could have been more, but he missed both free throws. He also recorded an assist.
As the Clippers were down by 18 heading into the fourth quarter, Clyburn finally checked into the game. He was active early, making a layup in his first shot attempt and missing his next two shot attempts. He made two more layups and assisted on a Cameron Clark basket.
The Clippers were extremely embarrassing as a whole only one player reached double digits (Shawn Jones with 10) and the starters combined for just 20 points.
In an earlier game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Atlanta Hawks, it was another early blowout. A 48-32 lead by the Blazers at the half resulted in a 91-76 victory. However, Craig Brackins was nowhere to be seen. He was the only player on the roster that didn’t play based on the coaches’ decision.
The playoffs begin in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Every team will play at least two games no matter if they lose tomorrow. Losers will play in a consolation round on Friday. Here is the slate for the former Cyclones scheduled to appear (Central times listed):
- Atlanta Hawks at Golden State Warriors (Tyrus McGee) – 5:00 PM, TV: NBATV
- Milwaukee Bucks vs San Antonio Spurs (Melvin Ejim) – 5:30 PM, Web: ESPN3
- Los Angeles Clippers (Will Clyburn) vs Miami Heat – 7:00 PM, TV: NBATV
- Los Angeles Lakers (DeAndre Kane) vs Philadelphia 76ers – 9:30 PM, Web: ESPN3
NOTE: I’d anticipate Clyburn to get some decent playing time after his performance tonight, and definitely expect Kane and Ejim to play for their squads. However, Tyrus McGee hasn’t played since the Warriors’ first game, and based on his tweets, I believe he’s played his last minutes with the team.