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Playoff Experience - The New Clippers

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The Los Angeles Clippers have added three players to their roster since the lockout officially ended on December 9th - Caron Butler, Chauncey Billups and Chris Paul. They traded for Mo Williams last February.

Between them, those four players have been in 224 playoff games. The breakdown is as follows:

  • Paul: 23 playoff games;
  • Williams: 30 playoff games, including a trip to the conference Finals;
  • Butler: 31 playoff games (unfortunately, he's also missed some playoff runs by his teammates while he was hurt, including a title run in Dallas last season);
  • Billups: 140 (!) playoff games including eight conference Finals, two Finals and one Finals MVP.

Outside of those four, only one player on the current roster has ever played in an NBA postseason: Brian Cook (31 games), mostly from his days riding the Lakers bench.

We'll see what kind of a difference it makes. But if there's anything to the idea of learning to win, these guys have been there, and hopefully can show the rest of the team the way.