Kurt Helin

Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

Chris Paul dribbles through Carlos Boozer’s legs (VIDEO)


That pretty much sums up the Lakers’ season in a six second loop.

During the Clippers absolute thrashing of their cross-town rival Lakers on Sunday night, this play happened — Chris Paul got the rebound on a break, pushed the ball up court, then dribbled right through the legs of Carlos Boozer. As bad a nutmeg as you will see anywhere. Ever.

The Lakers are pretty locked into the fourth-worst record in the NBA this season, then it is up to the lottery gods if they get to keep their pick. If it is top five they keep it, six or higher it reverts to the Sixers, something that all ties back to the Steve Nash trade.

The Clippers are now just half a game back of Memphis for the three seed and the Clips have soft schedule the rest of the way. They are peaking entering the playoffs.

Jeff Green dunk absolutely destroys Wizards’ Kevin Seraphin (VIDEO)

Jeff Green, Marc Gasol

That is just nasty.

Memphis’ wing Jeff Green got his man to bite (badly) on the pump fake, attacked the rim and while Washington’s Kevin Seraphin had slid his big body over but it didn’t matter. Green just flew over him and threw down the dunk. All while making a serious dunkface.

Green later left the game with back spasms and despite this play Washington went on to pick up a key win in their fight to get home court in the first round of the playoffs. The Grizzlies loss also opens the door for the Rockets in the battle for the two seed in the West.

Shaun Livingston hit Dirk Nowitzki right in the… place guys don’t like to be hit (VIDEO)

Golden State Warriors v Dallas Mavericks


Golden State’s Shaun Livingston was caught in a mismatch trying to guard Dirk Nowitzki in the post, but that is not a cool way to play post defense. At all. Livingston got a flagrant foul for that and could see a fine from the league. Mark Cuban was none too thrilled this happened to his star.

Only Nowitzki gets to decide how bad it really was — and he didn’t look happy. That said, Livingston isn’t a dirty player and this was just a one-off. We hope.

Golden State went on to a comfortable win, their 13th in a row, and with that locked up home court throughout the playoffs (including the Finals).

Marcus Smart hits game-winning putback in OT, puts Celtics back in playoffs for now (VIDEO)

Marcus Smart

That is the ultimate case of right place, right time.

Boston and Toronto had gone into overtime north of the border and both teams needed a win as the fight for playoff positioning. Down one with 2.6 seconds left, Celtics coach Brad Stevens drew up a play that was all Isaiah Thomas — he started his run back at the opposing free throw line and so when he got the inbounds pass he already had a full head of steam and he attacked the rim hard. Lou Williams was running with him and James Johnson slid over to help. Thomas threw up a prayer looking for the foul.

That prayer was answered by Marcus Smart, who had crashed the board on the opposite side and put back what was officially a missed shot. Although it looked almost like a pass. Either way he nailed it as the clock expired.

The win moved Boston into the playoffs, pushing them ahead of Miami into the eight seed. It was an entertaining game with Williams, DeMar DeRozan and even Evan Turner hitting big shot after big shot. Smart just hit the biggest one of them all.

Rockets, Grizzlies tied for second, Pelicans running down Thunder; West playoff races are the best

Glen Davis, Tim Duncan, Aron Baynes

There are just a dozen nights left in the NBA regular season, and you’d like to think the playoff situation is settling into place.

For example, the Golden State Warriors have locked up the top seed in the West.

After that, however, the West is still wide open. Let’s take a look.

No. 1 seed: As previously mentioned, the Golden State Warriors have officially secured up the top spot. They will have home court throughout the Western Conference playoffs.

No. 2-3 seeds: After an impressive win by Memphis over Oklahoma City on Friday night, this is currently a tie between Memphis and OKC. These two teams likely finish 2-3 (the Clippers are two games back and could move into the discussion, but they need some help). Memphis has the slightly easier remaining six games — both teams have three games on the road but the Rockets have a home-and-home against the Spurs remaining. The key for Houston is Sunday against the Thunder. For Memphis,  their big test starts on the road Friday at Utah, followed by more road games against the Clippers and Warriors.

No. 4-6 seeds: The Clippers, Spurs and Trail Blazers are all in this mix and could still finish in any order. Well, not any order, Portland will be the four seed as the winners of the Northwest Division, however, they do not get home court in the first round if the five seed as the better record. Los Angeles and San Antonio are tied at 50-26, with Portland half a game back. The Spurs have the toughest schedule the rest of the way so if you’re betting they may be the team to bet against. That said, they are the Spurs. This is still a crap shoot.

No. 7 seed: Dallas is  locked in here. I mean, they could fall out of it mathematically, but don’t bet on it.

No. 8 seed: Just days ago this seemed like a lock for Oklahoma City, but a couple of losses while New Orleans stays hot, and the Pelicans are just half a game back entering Saturday. The Pelicans have the much tougher schedule the rest of the way, so Russell Westbrook and company should have the advantage over Anthony Davis and company. But the Pelicans have seemed out of it before, be careful betting against them.