Clips must play like postseason now

Seeding is crucial, so L.A. must focus now to preserve home-court advantage

Updated: March 17, 2013, 10:42 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- As Vinny Del Negro walked around the Los Angeles Clippers' locker room before Sunday's game against the New York Knicks, he stopped and eyed the NBA standings board posted near the television.

He walked toward it, jokingly squinting at the percentage points that separated the Clippers from the Memphis Grizzlies and Denver Nuggets for the No. 3 seed. The Clippers currently hold the spot, and Del Negro doesn't want that to change anytime soon.

"We need to stay in this ...

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