24-Second Thoughts — May 15

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — That’s right, the Hang Time Headquarters have been shut down for the evening. The brains behind your usual 24-Second Thoughts, my Hang Time Podcast co-host Sekou Smith, asked me yesterday if I would mind filling in for him tonight.

So here I am, parked on the couch, laptop on lap, games on the tube, Twitter tweeting away.

The Wizards and the Clippers had their backs to the wall tonight, and both were at home. Would they use the home court advantage? Could either squad force a Game 7?

24 — Before we get to the games, check out Andrew Wiggins getting ready for the pre-Draft combine in Chicago. I believe these are called hops…

23 — In the phone booth for Game 6? Both Wale and Robert Griffin III

And Wale did his part to try and help the home team later…

22 — The Pacers got off to a great start, particularly Lance Stephenson

21 — For some reason, even playing at home (where, admittedly, they’ve struggled in the postseason, the Wizards just couldn’t seem to find their groove…)

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20 — Maybe it was the crowd (or lack therof)?

19 — At halftime, the Pacers looked to be comfortably ahead…

20 — Until the Wiz came roaring back…

19 — And it don’t stop! The Wiz kept pushing in the fourth quarter…

18 — Until the Pacers took control down the stretch…

17 — The MVP for the Pacers, especially in the fourth quarter, had to be the perpetually grumpy David West

16 — The Pacers won the game, 93-80, and won the series to head to the Eastern Conference finals. Game 1 will be in Miami on Sunday at 3:30 PM ET, (ABC). And for the Wiz? Time to go fishing …

15 — And while these two teams were slugging it out, don’t forget Miami was hanging out on South Beach…

14 — In the off court news of the night, it was reported that Donald Sterling plans to fight the sanctions imposed by the NBA…

13 — In other news, with Steve Kerr off the market and with the Knicks searching for a coach, a good reminder that sometimes it feels like you can’t win for losing…

12 — And speaking of former Arizona Wildcats, huge congrats to Jason Terry for putting in the work and getting his college diploma…

11 — Now, to Los Angeles! How exciting are the Clippers? Even Jack showed up…

10 — Just don’t try to shake his hand!

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9 — Much like in Game 5, the Clippers got off to a fast start…

8 — And then for the Thunder, things went from bad to worse…

7 — After his rough finish to Game 5, Chris Paul seemed to show no lasting effects off the bat…

6 — How do you get back in the game if you’re the Thunder? Find that Durant guy…

5 — Perk being Perk #shaqtin

In other #Shaqtin news, this wasn’t shown on TV but sounds like maybe it should have been…

4 — CP3 is a clever dude…

3 — The Thunder hung around, but got some bad news when Serge Ibaka went down and limped to the locker room.

2 — But they came back! In the fourth quarter, KD kept cooking, and the Thunder took the lead for good…

1 — The Thunder got the win, 104-98. Game 1 against the Spurs will by Monday at 9:00 PM ET (TNT). The biggest fourth quarter performance for the Thunder? Maybe Nick Collison, who put together a series of terrific passes, tough defense, and made several hustle plays. How huge was Collison?

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