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Story lines run deep in NBA playoffs, as should the Clippers
Story lines run deep in NBA playoffs, as should the Clippers

It's springtime in Los Angeles, otherwise known as the season when the Clippers march merrily into the playoffs and the Lakers conduct exit interviews. OK, so maybe this isn't exactly an annual occurrence. The Lakers haven't missed the playoffs during a season in which the Clippers qualified since 1975-76, when the Clippers were located in Buffalo and the Lakers somehow finished two games below .500 with a roster that included Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Gail Goodrich. These are strange times indeed when the Clippers' coach is plotting possible championship parade routes and his Lakers counterpart is mulling which moving company will pack his belongings...

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