After Sunday the NBA playoffs will be down to the final four teams. Here are some of the remaining storylines:
Game 7 in houston
The Los Angeles Clippers missed 11 consecutive shots and were outscored 25-2 down the stretch in their Game 6 loss to the Houston Rockets on Thursday night. Now they must play a Game 7 — 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Ch. 5 — just as they did in the first round against the San Antonio Spurs.
Playoff scoring leader Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan have shown the ability to come up big when it counts most, even on the road.
The Rockets still are alive despite prolonged stretches of erratic play and being down 3-1 in the series. This is a game on their home court, which history suggests improves their chances. In NBA Game 7s, the home team has won 80 percent of the time.
east finals set
The Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers will begin their series Wednesday night.
This is the Hawks' first trip to the conference finals since the NBA realigned into conferences in 1970-71.
The Cavaliers are right where they expected to be after LeBron James decided to come home from Miami.
Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving was held out of practice Saturday after re-aggravating a left knee injury on Thursday.
warriors on a roll
The Golden State Warriors, the top overall seed, are in the conference finals for the first time since 1976 and are trying to get to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1975, when they won their last title. Game 1 against the Clippers or the Rockets will be Tuesday night in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors, led by league MVP Stephen Curry, are the first team since 1985 to make 14 or more three-pointers in three consecutive playoff games.