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What to make of Western Conf.?
A week after the now-infamous Matt Barnes-Serge Ibaka scuffle and aftermath, the Oklahoma City Thunder exacted revenge against the Los Angeles Clippers. Thanks to Kevin Durant's 28 points and Ibaka's 17 (on 8-of-10 shooting), OKC beat the Chris Paul-led Clippers 105-91. This leaves the Clippers (8-5) closer to the ninth spot in the Western Conference than the first, while keeping the Thunder (8-3) in third, two games back of the soaring San Antonio Spurs. In second? The surprising Portland Trail Blazers (10-2). What do we make of the early developments out West?
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Will Clippers win post-'Lob City'?
"Lob City" is dead. Long live ... "Doc City"? Whatever you call it, it the Los Angeles Clippers need a new nickname, as Blake Griffin said new coach Doc Rivers is putting an end to the beloved (and short-lived) moniker. Not that Clips fans will be too distressed; with a championship-winning coach replacing Vinny Del Negro -- and a shored-up bench offering a new dynamic to a team that won 56 games a season ago but exited in the first round of the playoffs -- things are looking brighter than ever on the "other" side of Staples Center.
Clippers' hopes rest on ... Griffin?
The Clippers traded for Chris Paul in December of 2011 with hopes that he and Blake Griffin will help the team become championship contenders. They took one step closer to their ultimate goal with playoff runs in the past two seasons, but have failed to make it past the second round. Paul now believes the key to the franchise's title hopes lies with Griffin, as the team "definitely goes as Blake goes." Will the Clippers ever win a NBA championship with Paul and Griffin as their main players?