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Playoffs Open Thread (May 15): No one wants a Game 7

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We have two games tonight — both Game 6's — with both home teams hoping to force a Game 7 next week.

Holy defense, Batman.
Holy defense, Batman.
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What a weird round the Conference Semifinals have been.

Last night, the Houston Rockets came back from a 19-point deficit to beat the Los Angeles Clippers. No one saw that coming, and many people woke up the following morning stunned that they missed an unlikely comeback after going to bed early. Ya snooze, ya lose.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have already beat the Chicago Bulls (after being down 2-1 after three games) and will face whomever wins the other semifinal match in the Eastern Conference.

And that brings us to tonight's games.

Atlanta Hawks @ Washington Wizards, 7 p.m., ESPN
Atlanta leads the series 3-2

This series is bizarre. The Hawks are falling off a bit as many people expected they would, and yet somehow they failed to beat a Wizards squad without John Wall (you know, they key cog in Washington's offense) in one of their matchups. The Hawks are scoring an average of 2.8 points per game more than the Wizards in the series, and now that John Wall is back, that small margin of victory may not be enough for them to come away with a win tonight, especially because the Wizards are at home.

Golden State Warriors @ Memphis Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
Golden State leads the series 3-2

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Look, the Warriors are good. Heck, they're very good. Unfortunately, teams have shown a surprising amount of resilience against them in the playoffs. Their first round matchup, the New Orleans Pelicans, was more difficult than they anticipated and now the Memphis Grizzlies are giving the Warriors a scare.

And don't be fooled: The Grizzlies are a great team. They sometimes struggle to score (they've yet to score more than 100 points in a game this round), but their sound defense has proven effective against the Warriors. Klay Thompson has shot 43.8 percent or worse from the field in three of the five games these teams have played, and Stephen Curry? Well, Curry's been held to 41.6 percent shooting and four turnovers per game in the second round.

Both games are on ESPN tonight. Chat it up in the comments!