Clips Have Good Reason to Think They Can Beat Warriors, but Do They Believe It?

December 7th, 2016 by Kevin Ding Leave a reply »

LOS ANGELES — Before the Los Angeles Clippers try to depart from recent history and show they can actually beat the Golden State Warriors Wednesday night, let's rewind about two-and-a-half years.

Y'know, when the Clippers actually beat the Warriors.

In the playoffs.

"Over the years you realize," Blake Griffin said Tuesday, "the playoffs are what the regular season is for."

The Clippers have lost seven of the past eight regular-season meetings between the teams, including six consecutive games.

Before that, though…

Through their regular-season accomplishments, the Clippers put themselves in position to be the last Western Conference team to eliminate the Warriors. With home-court advantage in the No. 3-vs.-No. 6 series during 2014, the Clippers took advantage of their Staples Center surroundings to come back from an eight-point halftime deficit and win Game 7, 126-121.

The changes made to both teams in the aftermath of the series still fascinate in light of where the Warriors have gone since and how the Clippers have been unable to follow.

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