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2013 NBA Playoffs: Postseason Success Will Come For Los Angeles Clippers in Series vs. Memphis Grizzlies

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A season ago, the Los Angeles Clippers snapped a five-year playoff drought by qualifying and drawing the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round. It took seven games, but the Clippers advanced past the Grizzlies in 2012 and now here in 2013, the two will once again square off in the opening round.

Los Angeles however, has continued to improve and after one of their best regular seasons in recent memory, Deja Vu could be on the forecast for the Clippers and Grizzlies. After winning just 19 games during the 2008-09 season, the Clippers have made incredible strides of the past few years. Los Angeles finished the 2012-13 regular season with a 56-26 mark, looking like quite the viable threat in the west.

Lob City has taken over the reigns in the city of Los Angeles, but playoff success is what the Clippers and their fans are really looking forward to. Los Angeles is 3-1 against Memphis this season, so they certainly have the confidence that they can beat them both at home and on the road in this upcoming series.

Chris Paul, who is in consideration to win the NBA MVP — although it’s a long shot at this point, is the catalyst that makes this team run. The athleticism of this Clippers squad is that much more dangerous because of Paul’s playing making ability. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are always creating and finishing on highlight reel plays and with the increasing hype that comes along with the NBA Playoffs, that can only be expected as usual.

Tip-off of Game 1 between the Clippers and the Grizzlies is scheduled for 10:30pm (EST) on Saturday night.


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