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Sunday could be interesting at the Staples Center

May 13, 2012, 10:27 PM EDT

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Not sure you noticed (probably not), but the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Grizzlies today in Memphis to advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs.

The Clips will now take on the Spurs in the second round, with Games 1 and 2 in San Antonio and Games 3 and 4 in L.A.

We only mention this because Game 4 is scheduled for Sunday at the Staples Center (7:30 pm PT), only a few hours after the Kings host the Coyotes (noon PT) at the same arena.

In the regular season, this wouldn’t be a problem. But Sunday it might be.

“Let me tell you: All bets are off if the Kings go into overtime on Sunday,” Staples Center general manager Lee Zeidman said, as per “What people don’t really understand is there are 168 suites, 53 concession stands. Not only do you have to convert it and get [the floor] ready for warm-ups and other stuff, but you have to clean the building. That’s just as big a challenge as converting it. It can be completed in 2 1/2 hours.”

Chances are it won’t be an issue (but we sneaky hope it will be.)

  1. dadawg77 - May 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    A good ole fashion triple OT would be fun to see.

    • chuckj1234 - May 14, 2012 at 2:47 AM

      I wish the Lakers were playing that day and then it would be interesting.

  2. zillabeast - May 13, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    I think the far more interesting question to ask is, what if the Kings sweep the Coyotes? It’s likely to be a wild celebration at the Staples Center and you’re going to throw them out?

  3. sharksfan754 - May 13, 2012 at 11:31 PM


  4. ron05342 - May 13, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Not a problem, zillabeast. I was at game 4 in the St. Louis series and we celebrated the last two minutes of the game and about 5 minutes thereafter, and then everyone moved out to L.A. Live and celebrated there.

    Besides, any celebration won’t last long. We want the Cup, the real Cup, not the fake WC one. If we get that One, then we will celebrate all night long.

    And no one will be kicking us out.

  5. jimw81 - May 13, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    I don’t want to complain but I think NHL teams that own arenas i.e. Need to better control over booking in playoffs. The first round schedule was spread out because of arena booking I.e. Nickleback and coldplay, NBA, arena football etc.

    • ron05342 - May 14, 2012 at 1:45 AM

      I tend to agree with you, but I think the leagues talk to each other and trump arena owners.

      In this case, the Kings do own Staples Center (same ownership group). However, it appears they have little say as to what day (and indeed what time) the Kings will play. For example, the Kings played at 12 noon for game 4 against St. Louis and they will have another game 4 against Phoenix at 12 noon as well. The Kings generally play horribly in afternoon games and I am sure the Kings ownership would not want this, but if NBC wants a 3 p.m. EST game, they get it. 😦

      • namriverrat69 - May 14, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        I seem to recall the Kings beating Blues 3-1 to sweep them on a Sunday at 12 noon sometime back.

  6. mydadyourmom - May 14, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    If it goes to OT there will penalties galore.

  7. oside760 - May 14, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    you wanna know why theres no possibility of the kings game going into OT?? because the coyotes suck ass

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - May 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      They suck so bad 13 other Western Confrence teams which they were that bad too.

  8. pop562 - May 14, 2012 at 5:34 AM

    L.A. Kings > S.J. Sharks

  9. spavs412 - May 14, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    I guess espn might talk hockey because of this lmao

    • namriverrat69 - May 14, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      I almost choked when you said espn might talk hockey. They cover every other sport first before bringing up NHL games even in the playoffs. They had the first round of college lacross on before the Kings/Coyotes game. They would put underwater basketweaving and soap carving on before hockey. espn shows a distinct bias against hockey and always has.

  10. Ryan - May 14, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Don’t forget too that the AMGEN Tour of California (a bike race) is ending at the LA Live on Sunday around noon too. Apparently, they’re crowning the victors there too. Gotta say that I love how active/busy downtown LA has become.

    • namriverrat69 - May 14, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      No thanks to our mayor Tony Villar.

  11. namriverrat69 - May 14, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    But I’ll bet he’ll be there for the picture taking. He never met a photo op he didn’t like.

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