Tip-Off for 4/17/13 (featuring Ralph Abernathy): Los Angeles Clippers inch closer to the West’s fourth seed after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 93-77

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The Los Angeles Clippers season has been full of more highs than lows. Defeating the Sacramento Kings in the season finale awards the Clippers home court in the first round of the playoffs. Vinny Del Negro’s group moved closer to their goal with a 93-77 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers for their sixth straight win.

Raptors 113 – Hawks 96 - This is the kind of play we expected from Toronto after the Rudy Gay trade. DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and Gay added 22 against the playoff-bound Hawks. Kyle Korver led Atlanta with 13 points and Mike Scott grabbed 12 rebounds. Atlanta sat its starters for the bulk of this contest.

Clippers 93 – Trail Blazers 77 - The Clippers thumped the Blazers — who were without starters LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicholas Batum and Wesley Matthews. Caron Butler led Los Angeles with 22 points and Lamar Odom had 12 boards. Will Barton led Portland with 17 points.

Pacers @ Celtics - Cancelled

The Lineup:

Remembering the great Pat Summerall (Ballertainment).

Steve Nash has MRI on hamstring/hip (Lakerholicz).

Follow the funeral of Margaret Thatcher (Wall Street Journal).

Grad student from China among fatalities in Marathon blast (CNN).

Ex-Georgia coach charged in Ponzi scheme (Huffington Post).

The final day of the NBA season is here (USA Today).

Should be one heck of a wedding (LA Times).

Dixon, Foles and Vick split reps at Eagles practice (Red Zone).

Top ten dunks of the week (IFWT).

Profiling Jackie Robinson’s widow (The Root).

 

Remembering one of the great Freedom Fighters of the Civil Rights Movement.

 

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