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Chris Paul, Clippers ready for season opener against Oklahoma City
Chris Paul, Clippers ready for season opener against Oklahoma City

The first words Chris Paul heard Thursday morning put him in the mood for basketball. “Congratulations on opening day,” Paul’s wife, Jada, told him as he rolled over in bed. The season opener was only hours away for Paul and the Clippers, who will play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center in the team’s first game under new owner Steve Ballmer. The Clippers’ first game will be against the team that dispatched them in the Western Conference semifinals last season, including a crushing Game 5 defeat in which Paul made two turnovers and fouled a three-point shooter in the final minute. Needless to say, the Clippers haven’t forgotten. ...

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