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Clippers vs. Grizzlies: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin Will Start Game Six

The Los Angeles Clippers got numerous scares in game five as both Blake Griffin and Chris Paul went down with various injuries, but both are expected to be in the starting lineups for game six. Griffin underwent an MRI on Thursday to check hit sprained knee for structural damage, but it came back negative. As for Paul, it is simply a matter of pain tolerance with a strained hip flexor.

Here is the news leading up to Friday night's game from Staples Center:

Tipoff from L.A. is set for 6 p.m. PT. That's 9 p.m. on the east coast. Probably some welcome news after game five went until about 1:30 in the morning.

All eyes will be on Paul and Griffin this evening, especially with a chance to close out the series at home. No team wants to face elimination on the road, and the Grizzlies have played very well in this opening series. A win tonight would not only advance Los Angeles to the quarterfinals, but also allows their team to have a few much-needed off days to get healthy.

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