NBA playoff schedule 2014: Hawks, Grizzlies, Clippers try to advance

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The Hawks and Grizzlies try to complete major first-round upsets, while the Clippers go on the road and attempt to close out the Warriors.

There are three Game 6s on Thursday night in the NBA playoffs, with two lower-seeded teams trying to pull off stunning series upsets. Let's take a look at the action.

Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks

7 p.m. ET, NBA TV

The top-seeded Indiana Pacers are on the brink of elimination as they head to Philips Arena after a dreadful loss at home in Game 5. The Pacers had a chance to take control of the series at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but instead, they laid a huge egg. Indiana trailed by as many as 30 points before losing by 10 in the pivotal game. Paul George had another strong game, but Roy Hibbert was a train wreck once again as his stunning collapse over the second half of the season continued.

Atlanta, as it has pretty much all series, made Indiana pay from behind the three-point line. The Hawks knocked down 15 threes in Game 5, with Kyle Korver drilling five of them, including a huge one late in the game when the Pacers were attempting a comeback. Atlanta will no doubt be letting it fly from deep again in Game 6, and if the Hawks catch fire, this series could be over.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Memphis Grizzlies

8 p.m. ET, TNT

In another series where the lower seed has the chance to pull off a stunning upset, the Grizzlies return home up 3-2 to try and send the Thunder packing early. Memphis, per usual, has done it with defense, slowing down Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook for the majority of the series. Durant may be scoring 28.0 points per game, but he's shooting just 40.0 percent thanks to superb defense by Tony Allen. Meanwhile, Westbrook is shooting just 34.4 percent in the series.

Memphis went up 3-2 after yet another thrilling overtime victory in Game 5. Mike Miller had 21 points off the bench, and the Grizzlies pulled the game out when Durant split a pair of late free throws and Serge Ibaka's putback of a Durant miss was just after the buzzer. There have been four straight overtime games in the series.

Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors

10:30 p.m. ET, TNT

The Clippers came out and delivered an excellent performance at home in the immediate aftermath of the Donald Sterling ruling, and now they'll go on the road to raucous Oracle Arena and attempt to close out the Warriors. DeAndre Jordan had his best playoff game ever in Game 5, scoring 25 points and grabbing 18 rebounds in the pivotal victory.

Stephen Curry had a much more subdued performance after his monster Game 4. Curry scored 17 points in the loss, but he only took 10 shots. Klay Thompson had 21 points as all five Warriors starters scored in double figures; however, the bench managed just 19 points. Golden State will likely need a more aggressive Curry to send this series to a seventh game.

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