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Clippers are at pivotal juncture heading into Game 5

Clippers are at pivotal juncture heading into Game 5

On some level, the Clippers are at the crossroads.

The outcome of Game 5 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz could determine how fast the Clippers might be headed in a certain direction in the NBA playoffs.

A win Tuesday night in Staples Center would put the Clippers one step away from advancing to the second round.

A loss by the Clippers in a series that is tied at two victories apiece would put them on the brink of elimination with Game 6 at Salt Lake City on Friday night.

“It’s 0-0 essentially,” J.J. Redick said late Sunday night after a disappointing Clippers loss at Vivint Smart Home Arena. “Right now, it’s a three-game series. We in a way...

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