The Spurs, of course, are the defending
Entering Wednesday's games, the Clippers were in second place in the Western Conference, half a game ahead of the Rockets and Spurs, who were tied for third place. The Clippers had locked down either the second or the third seed and were slated to be matched against either the Grizzlies, Rockets, Spurs or
The Rockets ended up beating the
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers has repeatedly called the Spurs the best team in the league, and Blake Griffin said at a practice on Friday that the Spurs were the one team that the Clippers wanted to avoid in the first round.
Said Griffin: "You probably never want to play the Spurs in the first round if you have a choice. The Spurs are playing their best basketball, like they normally tend to do."
What made the Clippers-Spurs matchup even more surprising was that the Spurs were the hottest team in the NBA before Wednesday, having won 11 games in a row and 21 of their last 24 games.
The Clippers happen to be the second-hottest team, having won seven straight games and 14 of their last 15.
The Spurs have won five NBA championships. The Clippers have never made it past the second round of the playoffs.
Here is the schedule (some times and broadcast affiliates to be determined):
Game 1: Spurs at Clippers, 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Game 2: Spurs at Clippers, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday TNT
Game 3: Clippers at Spurs, 6:30 p.m. April 24 ABC
Game 4: Clippers at Spurs, 12:30 p.m. April 26 ESPN
Game 5*: Spurs at Clippers, TBD April 28
Game 6*: Clippers at Spurs, TBD April 30
Game 7*: Spurs at Clippers, TBD May 2 TNT