Clips-Warriors intense

Warriors guard Stephen Curry on the rivalry with the Clippers: “The last three years it’s kind of been a progression to where we are now.”

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Warriors guard Stephen Curry on the rivalry with the Clippers: “The last three years it’s kind of been a progression to where we are now.”

LOS ANGELES — As much as the Clippers and Warriors don't like each other, they're a lot alike in some ways.

There's an All-Star point guard on each side, both teams are young and athletic, and each franchise is trying to distance itself from an inglorious past.

The dislike goes beyond the Southern California vs. Northern California sense of superiority. They've tangled while splitting their four games this season, most famously on Christmas, when Blake Griffin was elbowed by Warriors forward Draymond Green.

In March, Griffin and Golden State backup center Jermaine O'Neal squabbled in a Clippers victory and it carried over after the game.

"I don't have Jermaine's number so I don't really talk to him," Griffin said Friday. "I don't know if there's a lingering issue or not."

With both teams having been down so long and now competing for a title, Clippers forward Matt Barnes said there's going to be "some hostility and animosity and hatred."

"It'll be an entertaining series just because how the regular season went," Warriors star Stephen Curry said. "You've got to be prepared for anything."

Some of the Clippers, including Griffin and Barnes, got into a playoff mind-set by watching Bad Boys, an ESPN documentary about the Detroit Pistons teams of the 1980s and '90s that premiered on Thursday.

Barnes said he wishes today's players could be as physical as the Pistons. He joked that if he fouled as hard as Isiah Thomas did back in the day, he'd be tossed out of the NBA and need to find a new job.

Warriors guard Klay Thompson added to the fire this week when he said Griffin flopped a lot in games. Griffin is averaging 24.1 points and shooting 53 percent.

"If he's flopping, keep doing it because those numbers look awful good to me, so flop on," first-year Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

In an age when the pace typically slows in the playoffs and offenses get bunched in half-court sets, the Clippers and Warriors try to speed it up and spread it out.

"It will be a fun matchup," Clippers guard Jamal Crawford said. "It's two teams who are both exciting and both love to get up and down the court."

The frontcourt of Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, coupled with point guard Chris Paul and 3-point shooters all over the roster, make the Clippers one of the most fan-pleasing spectacles in sports. Los Angeles led the NBA in scoring at 107.9 points a game.

But the quick-shooting Curry and Klay Thompson for Golden State are as dangerous a scoring tandem as the league has ever seen. They combined to make 484 3-pointers this season — eclipsing their record of 483 set last season. And last year when Golden State eliminated Denver in a six-game, first-round upset, the Warriors shooters showed how tough they are to guard when they get going.

"The greatest shooting backcourt in NBA history," Warriors coach Mark Jackson has repeatedly labeled them.

Playoffs

EAST

Pacers (1) vs. Hawks (8)

Tonight: at Indiana, 7, ESPN

Tuesday: at Indiana, 7, TNT

Thursday: at Atlanta, 7, NBA

April 26: at Atlanta, 2, TNT

April 28: at Indiana, 8, NBA*

May 1: at Atlanta, TBD*

May 3: at Indiana, TBD, TNT*

Heat (2) vs. Bobcats (7)

Sunday: at Miami, 3:30, Ch. 28

Wednesday: at Miami, 7, TNT

April 26: at Charlotte, 7, ESPN

April 28: at Charlotte, 7, TNT

April 30: at Miami, TBD*

May 2: at Charlotte, TBD*

May 4: at Miami, TBD*

Raptors (3) vs. Nets (6)

Today: at Toronto, 12:30, ESPN

Tuesday: at Toronto, 8, NBA

Friday: at Brooklyn, 7, ESPN2

April 27: at Brooklyn, 7, TNT

April 30: at Toronto, TBD*

May 2: at Brooklyn, TBD*

May 4: at Toronto, TBD*

Bulls (4) vs. Wizards (5)

Sunday: at Chicago, 7, TNT

Tuesday: at Chicago, 9:30, TNT

Friday: at Washington, 8, ESPN

April 27: at Washington, 1, Ch. 28

April 29: at Chicago, TBD*

May 1: at Washington, TBD*

May 3: at Chicago, TBD, TNT*

WEST

Spurs (1) vs. Mavericks (8)

Sunday: at San Antonio, 1, TNT

Wed.: at San Antonio, 8, NBA

April 26: at Dallas, 4:30, TNT

April 28: at Dallas, 9:30, TNT

April 30: at San Antonio, TBD*

May 2: at Dallas, TBD*

May 4: at San Antonio, TBD*

Thunder (2) vs. Grizzlies (7)

Tonight: at Okla. City, 9:30, ESPN

Monday: at Okla. City, 8, TNT

Thursday: at Memphis, 8, TNT

April 26: at Memphis, 9:30, ESPN

April 29: at Okla. City, TBD*

May 1: at Memphis, TBD*

May 3: at Okla. City, TBD, TNT*

Clippers (3) vs. Warriors (6)

Today: at Los Angeles, 3:30, Ch. 28

Monday: at L.A., 10:30, TNT

Thursday: at Golden St., 10:30, TNT

April 27: at Golden St., 3:30, Ch. 28

April 29: at L.A., TBD*

May 1: at Golden St., TBD*

May 3: at L.A., TBD, TNT *

Rockets (4) vs. Blazers (5)

Sunday: at Houston, 9:30, TNT

Wednesday: at Houston, 9:30, TNT

Friday: at Portland, 10:30, ESPN

April 27: at Portland, 9:30, TNT

April 30: at Houston, TBD*

May 2: at Portland, TBD*

May 4: at Houston, TBD*

* If necessary

Clips-Warriors intense 04/18/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 18, 2014 10:13pm]

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