Let's face it: The Los Angeles Clippers have become the Western Conference version of the Miami Heat. They're a team that everyone loves to hate, they're stacked at every position and they play a very, very attractive and exciting brand of basketball.
Having said that, they've managed to get under the skin of quite a few teams in the NBA.
Golden State Warriors
Matching up well at almost every position, these teams went 2-2 during the season. There's been a few notable incidents between players, such as:
Aside from all the player incidents, both the Clippers and the Warriors play at a fast pace, ranking sixth and seventh in the NBA, respectively. That leads to some terrific offensive highlights, with far too many players to name chipping in.
Both sides are solid defensively and match up well, making for a playoff series that is sure to inspire physical confrontations and superb highlights. There's definitely some rivalry thrown in there for good measure, which is just icing on the cake.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Much like the Warriors-Clippers matchup, seeing the offensive brilliance of the Thunder and the Clips go head-to-head would be spectacular. Both sides have their fair share of talent in addition to matching up well on both ends.
There also exists the framework for it to get physical, with guys like Durant and Matt Barnes, Paul and Westbrook, Perkins and Jordan and Griffin and Serge Ibaka.
The latter example is probably the foremost matchup to keep an eye on, given how the duo have repeatedly gone at each other in past games (see: groin punch and another altercation).
OKC and LA can both play a physical brand of basketball, which only adds fuel to the fire. Throw in a few logs of offensive talent, like Durant, Westbrook, Paul, Griffin and Jamal Crawford, and now you're looking at a bonfire of factors that play into this matchup.
The Thunder and the Clippers went 2-2 during the season, with Durant and Westbrook averaging 32.5 points and 18.5 points, respectively. LA's Griffin, Crawford and Paul averaged 24.8 points, 24.7 points and 18.5 points, respectively, with Paul adding 12.0 assists as well.
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