The one consolation to the
Or is it?
The Spurs have won five
The Clippers played the Spurs in the second round of the playoffs in 2012, when the Spurs eliminated the Clippers in four games.
Before the Clippers practiced Thursday,
"We got our [butts] kicked," Jordan said. "We got swept. That was my first time in the playoffs. It was fast. There was no experience whatsoever from my end or Blake's."
Since then, the Clippers have made the playoffs every season, getting eliminated by the
The Clippers have never made it past the second round of the playoffs in their 45-year existence.
Entering Wednesday, the final day of the regular season, the Clippers didn't know whether they'd play the
The Rockets and the Grizzlies won, the Spurs lost, and the Clippers dropped to the No. 3 seed and the Spurs to the No. 6 seed.
Crawford, however, said the Clippers weren't fazed.
"Guys were excited because we figured whoever wants to get to where they want to go has to go through the Spurs anyway," Crawford said. "There was going to be no way around it, so guys were excited."
"The biggest thing I learned from them back when I was 23 was you never get too high or too low in the playoffs," Paul said. "Every game takes on a game in itself. It's all about winning each one. If you go up 1-0 winning by 50, you don't start Game 2 up 50."
The Clippers open their playoff series against the Spurs at Staples Center on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. They enter the postseason having won seven games in a row and 14 of their last 15.
If it were up to Clippers Coach