San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers: The Matchup of the Ages

Garrett Jochnau@@GarrettJochnauCorrespondent IIMarch 9, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 01:  Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs pauses with the ball in front of DeAndre Jordan #9 of the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center on December 1, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Chris Paul's addition to the Clippers changed up this year's NBA season more than one can ever imagine.

Obviously, it brought the Clippers out of the doghouse, and switched up the roles in Los Angeles as to which team would rule the "City of Angels."

But the team whose season was also changed entirely by the trade was the San Antonio Spurs. After finishing with the top seed in the West last year, the veteran Spurs were knocked out of contender talks prior to the start of the season, but soon the team found their way into discussions.

Oklahoma City is hands down the best team in the West. Led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the team's present is almost as bright as their future.

But as to who would finish second-experts were left without an answer.

With the addition of Paul, the Clippers immediately jolted into trade talks for the first time in years. The Lakers also were among the few mentioned, as well as the defending champions, the Dallas Mavericks.

Everyone seemed to forget the Spurs, and why? Because they are another year older.

However, here we are today, and like always, the Spurs' name sits atop their division and in second in the West. Their 26-12 record is followed by the Grizzlies and the Clippers who are both over 3.5 games behind.

The Clippers give analysts and fans a lot to talk about. Arguably the most exciting team to watch, they still are yet to reach San Antonio in the standings.

The two teams provide a perfect rivalry, as they are both exact opposites in terms of playing style.

In San Antonio, basketball is a sport of fundamentals. Their veteran team wins games through bank shots, ball movement, and the other aspects first imagined when the game was first invented.

However, the Clippers are a younger, more athletic team.

Nicknamed "Lob City" for their constant alley-oops, Blake Griffin and the Clippers do more than play basketball. They put on a show.

The two contrasting styles make for a perfect story as the teams battle it out in the second half of the season for the better record.

In the two meetings the teams have had this season, the Spurs have taken home the "W" both times. Tonight, they battle it out for the third and final time this regular season.

In a game where Oklahoma City, Chicago, and Miami lead the league, it seems fair that the other young, flashy team should be included in the list of the most elite.

However, the Spurs' experience is unmatched by the Clippers, and as Tony Parker continues his MVP-like season, Lob City has a long way to go before reaching the same status as San Antonio.