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Belief in the Clippers grows as they display staying power in playoffs

Belief in the Clippers grows as they display staying power in playoffs

Doc Rivers has repeated it all season like a mantra. Whenever he's faced questions about his team's inconsistent play or ineffective bench or injured stars, the Clippers coach often responded with the same four words. "I like this team," Rivers said. His belief is catching on. The Clippers have become the NBA's playoff darlings after seizing a 3-1 lead over the Houston Rockets in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals that resume with Game 5 on Tuesday at Toyota Center. ESPN's Basketball Power Index has given the Clippers a 40.7% chance to win the championship, the highest percentage among the eight remaining playoff teams. Even Lakers legend...

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