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NBA Playoffs open thread (May 17): Clippers at Houston, Game 7

There's only one game left in the NBA Conference Semifinals, and it's going to be awesome.

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LAC @ HOU, 3:30 p.m. on ABC

We've seen 24 games in the second round of the NBA Playoffs, and this afternoon's game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets will be the last.

How did we get here? Well, it depends on whom you ask.

The Clippers had an opportunity to eliminate the Rockets two games ago, but inconsistent play and unlikely comebacks from the Rockets have stretched this series to a Game 7. A couple of days ago, the Rockets even came back from a 19-point deficit in the third quarter to win 119-107.

Chris Paul has been phenomenal throughout the playoffs. He's averaging 21.7 points per game on 50.9 percent shooting from the field (including 42.4 percent from behind the arc) along with 8.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds. Blake Griffin has been terrific as well for the Clippers, averaging 25.4 points, 12.8 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game (Hey, Al Jefferson, look what you can do when teams try to double you).

For the Rockets, James Harden has been excellent as well, sporting averages of 26.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game. And, as you'd expect, he's also getting to the line 9.7 times per game in the playoffs. Despite inconsistent play, Dwight Howard's thrown up averages of 17.3 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. Y'know, Dwight Howard stuff.

This game should be intense, high-strung and full of suspense. I highly recommend tuning in.