Add Clippers to list of challengers to Thunder
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY NewsOK.com
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
11/21/12 at 4:56 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - When the Los Angeles Clippers walk into Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday, they'll roll in red hot, coming to town atop the Western Conference at 8-2, with a league-best six-game winning streak and the NBA's last unblemished road record.
In other words, the Thunder's worst nightmare has gotten even scarier.
For all the talk about how the new-look Lakers are destined to dethrone the defending Western Conference champions, it's the Clippers who loom as the Thunder's biggest threat. The Clippers, historically, just haven't been a good matchup for the Thunder, and this, the first of three regular-season meetings, will be our first glimpse into whether anything has changed.
The Thunder can only hope so, as the Clippers are shaping up to be among the teams Oklahoma City must go through if it intends on making a return trip to the NBA Finals.
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The Clippers' Blake Griffin shoots over San Antonio's Boris Diaw on Monday. Griffin and the Clippers won three of four against the Thunder last season. DARREN ABATE/Associated Press