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Clippers get the Spurs and a first-round playoff test
Clippers get the Spurs and a first-round playoff test

The Clippers might have nearly choked on their appetizers Wednesday evening when they sat down for a team dinner and contemplated the San Antonio Spurs trailing by 23 points in their regular-season finale. A loss by San Antonio and victories by the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies would trigger what seemed like a worst-case scenario for the Clippers: a first-round playoff series against the defending NBA champion Spurs. "You probably never want to play the Spurs in the first round if you had your choice," Clippers forward Blake Griffin acknowledged recently, "but there's a lot of great teams in the West." The Clippers probably didn't regain their...

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