For the Los Angeles Clippers, to make it to the second round of the playoffs is a success in itself. Doc Rivers' team put the distraction of the Donald Sterling scandal aside to beat the Golden State Warriors in seven games, but their next opponents, the Oklahoma City Thunder, had quite a battle themselves.
The Thunder will have to lean on Serge Ibaka to hang with Blake Griffin. The matchup of Chris Paul and Westbrook, two very good but very different point guards, is full of intrigue. Oklahoma City's 2-7 matchup in the first round looked more like the conference finals, as did the 3-6 matchup between the Clippers and Warriors. That makes this conference semifinals matchup quite appealing.
TV schedule: 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Radio: 98.1 FM WWLS (Oklahoma City), KFWB 980 (Los Angeles)