Paul Pierce is perhaps the most worldly Clipper. Find the veteran forward at his locker before a game and he'll ramble on about the best popcorn in the NBA (Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, hands down) or the worst locker rooms (Sacramento and Detroit, you've got some catching up to do).
This is the time of year when there's only one talking point: a championship.
"I don't think you can accomplish anything," Pierce said Saturday, "unless you really talk about it and have your mind set to it."
The Clippers are widely expected to beat the Portland Trail Blazers in a first-round series that starts Sunday night at Staples Center but will be universal...