Kept from You: Los Angeles Clippers' Lob City vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Ethan Sherwood StraussNBA Lead WriterApril 12, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers and Team Shaq dunks during the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge part of the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend at Amway Center on February 24, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gary Bogdan-Pool/Getty Images)
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Well, at least national television audiences got to see the Golden State Warriors formally eliminated from the playoffs by the Portland Trail Blazers. Somehow, that contest made the ESPN schedule while Lob City versus OKC went local.

I guess it was assumed that nobody would want to watch Blake Griffin hurl the hatchet down on Serge Ibaka's head. When the demur girl in the front row covers her face, it screams, "Meh, I'd rather be courtside for Portland listlessly ending Golden State's season, sans LaMarcus Aldridge." 

And when Chris Paul wins it on a life-affirming Eurostep ball fake, I rest easier knowing America got to see Jeremy Tyler start an NBA game at center. 

Clippers versus Thunder: Fit for League Pass obscurity, right?