The Los Angeles Kings can close out the Western Conference Finals today with a sweep. David Stern and the NBA are hoping that if they do that, it gets done in three periods. With the Clippers, Lakers, and Kings all still alive in the postseason for the NBA and NHL, respectively, and all sharing the Staples Center as a home arena, today could get dicey. Within a 24 hour period, all three teams will host a playoff game at the arena. Last night, it was the Lakers losing at home to the Spurs. That one wasn’t a problem, but the conversion from hockey to basketball today could be if the NHL playoff games goes long.
The Kings host the Coyotes in Game 4, which begins at 12:15 local time. Los Angeles is looking to become just the 2nd #8 seed to reach the Stanley Cup Final (Edmonton, 2006) since the league re-organized from the old Adams/Patrick/Norris/Smythe Divisions in 1994, and the first to win it. They appear to have the series in hand with the 3-0 lead. They could do their NBA co-hosts a solid favor by not taking too long in getting there.
The Clippers-Spurs game is set for 7:30 local time, 7 hours after the Kings start. According to this ESPNLA story, it takes 2 hours and 15 minutes to convert the floor to basketball, then the 90 minute warmup time for the NBA. If the game goes to overtime, according to that report, then the NBA could postpone the Clippers-Spurs Game 4 until Monday at 4 pm. No drop-dead time for a postponement has been given, but doing some quick math, if the game goes to double overtime it would be finishing less than 3 hours before tipoff. If it ends in a first overtime period, then it will be close.
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