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Clippers will open playoffs on Sunday, but where?

April 26, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Blake Griffin and the Clippers will play their first playoff game on Sunday, but where?
Blake Griffin and the Clippers will play their first playoff game on Sunday,… (Chris Trotman / Getty Images )

The NBA on Thursday announced the weekend schedule for the playoffs, and it could be a busy Sunday at Staples Center.

The Lakers and Clippers will both open on Sunday. The Lakers, having already clinched home-court advantage for the first round, will definitely be playing at Staples Center against either Dallas or Denver at a time to be determined.

The Clippers, however, need Memphis to lose to Orlando on Thursday night to get home-court advantage. If Memphis wins, the Clippers will open on Sunday at Memphis. If Memphis loses, the Clippers will face Memphis at Staples Center on Sunday.

In the other two Western Conference first-round matchups, San Antonio will play host to Utah on Sunday, and Oklahoma City will play host to Dallas or Denver on Saturday.

In the Eastern Conference, Chicago will play host to Philadelphia or New York on Saturday, Miami will play host to Philadelphia or New York on Saturday, Indiana will host Orlando on Saturday and Boston-Atlanta will take place on Sunday in either of those two cities, depending on the outcome of all of Thursday's games.

Additional scheduling information, including game times, will be furnished after the conclusion of Thursday's games.

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