May 9, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; General view of the FedEx Forum during the first half of game five in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Playoffs: Heat Finish Knicks; Grizzlies Stay Alive

The Heat finished off the Knicks on Wednesday night, advancing in the NBA playoffs. The Grizzlies, on the other hand, stayed alive with a win over the Clippers.

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The Heat Throttle The Knicks, And It's All About Defense

LeBron James and the Heat ended the Knicks season in Game 5 Wednesday, and just like the rest of series, it all started on defense. But it won't always be that simple.

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Despite Flame-Out, Knicks' Future Isn't Extinguished Just Yet

The Knicks didn't last long once the playoffs began, but this season built on the last. Improvement and a decent horizon are all that you can ask for as an NBA fan. New York is seeing that.

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Blake Griffin Injury: MRI On Left Knee Scheduled For Thursday

Blake Griffin went down with an apparent knee injury Wednesday as the Clippers battled the Grizzlies in Game 5 of their NBA playoff matchup. After returning briefly to shoot his free throws, Griffin headed to the bench for further evaluation but did return to the game for the stretch run. One would think he'd be good to go for the rest of the series, but the Clippers are planning to reevaluate him on Thursday.

Following the game, the team told reporters Griffin would undergo an MRI on his left knee after returning to Los Angeles.

The MRI could be precautionary, just to make sure no damage was done in the spill, but with Chris Paul already hobbled it is cause for some concern. We'll be back with more on Griffin as it becomes available.

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Chris Paul's Injury A Strained Right Hip Flexor, According To Report

Despite initial reports that Chris Paul aggravated his groin injury Wednesday night, it appears he actually injured his hip late in the fourth quarter of the Clippers' loss to the Grizzlies. Paul suffered the injury while battling for a rebound, grabbing his groin as he came down. He then struggled to shake off the injury's effects, eventually sitting out the last 90 seconds of the game.

Following the game, though, Paul's injury was changed to a right hip flexor strain. Coach Vinny Del Negro said he expects Paul and Blake Griffin, who suffered a knee injury but returned to the game, to be fine, though he was waiting for more information from the training staff. Whether it was a hip flexor or groin injury, Paul was ineffective after coming up lame, making his recovery something worth monitoring going forward.

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Grizzlies Vs. Clippers, NBA Playoffs 2012 Game 5: Final Score, Memphis Wins 92-80 To Extend Series

The Memphis Grizzlies have fought off elimination at home, forcing a Game 6 in L.A.. The Los Angeles Clippers' offense was poor Wednesday night in a loss, but they might have lost more than the game. Chris Paul suffered a groin injury near the end of the Clippers' 92-80 loss, and his injury status could have a serious effect on his team going forward if he's not available, or even 100 percent, heading into Game 6.

Paul, by his high standards, did not have a great night, with 19 points and just four assists. Mo Williams had 20 points off the bench for the Clippers, but needed 21 shots to reach that mark.

Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph had good nights for the Grizzlies, but they did so much in the first half that they didn't need to put up huge numbers in the second. Gasol finished with 23 points while Randolph finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The Clippers lead the series 3-2 as it heads back to Los Angeles. They'll be favorites in Game 6 if Chris Paul is ready to go, but his injury status is up in the air as of Wednesday night. Blake Griffin also got a little banged up and had to come out a couple of times, but was still able to play nearly 40 minutes.

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Chris Paul Injury: Clippers Star Strains Groin, Sits Out Final 90 Seconds

The Los Angeles Clippers are on their way to losing Game 5 of their 2012 NBA Playoffs first-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night, but they may have bigger problems. Star guard Chris Paul reaggravated the groin injury he suffered late in the regular season. After trying to play through the pain, he was taken out with a minute and a half remaining.

It's unclear when Paul specifically suffered the injury, but it looks like the pain began when he tried to make a crossover against Quincy Pondexter. Here's video of that.


On the next possession, Paul tried fighting for a defensive rebound and came down awkwardly on his groin. The Clippers are diagnosing the injury as a strained groin. His status for Game 6 will become more clear after the game.

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Blake Griffin Injury: Clippers Star Goes Down Holding Knee, Stays In Game, Gets Booed By Grizzlies Fans

Injuries have dominated this year's NBA Playoffs, and they had a chance to claim another superstar. Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin just fell to the floor clutching his left knee after driving to the basket late in the third quarter of the team's Game 5 contest against the Memphis Grizzlies. He stayed down for a while as the Clippers surrounded him, but eventually walked off on his own power and stayed in the game.

Griffin made a move on Marc Gasol and drew a foul trying to elevate on him. Griffin fell down awkwardly on his left foot and immediately clutched it.


However, after staying on the ground for several minutes, Griffin hobbled back into the game and has tried to fight through the pain. Because of that, ostensibly, the Grizzlies fans booed, thinking he was faking the injury.


I know the Clippers have been flopping a lot, but Griffin isn't faking that injury. Those Grizzlies fans deserve the scorn they got from TNT's Chris Webber, who called their actions "classless."

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Clippers Vs. Grizzlies, 2012 NBA Playoffs: Halftime, L.A.'s Interior Defense Hilaribad

Know how young teams with limited playoff experience don't bring their best on the road when they have a chance to close out a series? That's exactly what's happening to the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday night. Knowing that they'll have another chance to close out the series at home in Game 6, the Clippers haven't offered much in the way of interior defense against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph are dominating, and the Grizz lead 57-42 at halftime.

Gasol has 18 points, while Randolph has 15. DeAndre Jordan, who was supposedly signed to a large contract because of his defense, hasn't played any. He has one point and he's a minus-11 in net points. Chris Paul has been poor so far for the Clippers but, on account of him being Chris Paul, he could very easily score 30 points in the second half and guide his team to an improbable comeback win.

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Knicks Vs. Heat, NBA Playoffs 2012: Miami Cruises Into Second Round With 106-94 Win

For a Miami Heat team whose aspirations are NBA championship or bust, this first-round series was all about taking care of business, and they did just that tonight, advancing past the New York Knicks in the first round of the 2012 NBA playoffs with a 106-94 victory.

It wasn't very exciting, more of a by-the-numbers win, but that's probably how it should be given their team competition. If the Heat's playoff run is like climbing Everest, this first-round victory would amount to little more than setting up at base camp.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined to score 48 points and led the charge in the second half, as the Heat extended their 11-point halftime lead to as high as 19 points with 5:26 left in the fourth quarter.

For the Knicks, there's been plenty of talk about the synergy, or lack thereof, between Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. A more pressing hot-button issue, however, is whether Anthony can legitimately play the role of superstar on a championship-contending team.

Down 14 points with 12 minutes to go, Carmelo Anthony hit one of his patented contested mid-range jumpers.

It was an inconsequential field goal, but Anthony's reaction to the shot -- which entailed jawing with a nearby Heat fan and mean-mugging the entire AmericanAirlines Arena -- told you all you needed to know about how far this core group of Knicks players have to go before taking the leap into the elite of the East. 'Melo, it should be noted, did lead all scorers tonight with 35 points.

Miami will advance to play the upstart Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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NBA Playoff Schedule 2012: Clippers, Heat Attempt To Finish Off Grizzlies, Knicks

The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers will both attempt to advance to the second round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs when they take on the New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

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