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The Daily Clipper — Rivalry Edition

The Clippers have a blockbuster showdown against their hated rivals from the North and more stories from around the web.

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Clippers, Warriors Are NBA's Greatest Rivals, and It's Not Even Close | Bleacher Report
Intradivision rivalries are few and far between in today's NBA, but there may be hope yet for the revival of bad blood and vitriol if the Los Angeles Clippers and top-seeded Golden State Warriors wind up on a collision course come playoff time.

Clippers' meeting with archrival Warriors could serve as a referendum - LA Times
Tuesday's game could show whether the Clippers' recent surge should scare the rest of the conference. Beating the likes of New York, Philadelphia and Boston in convincing fashion is one thing. But can the Clippers replicate that effort against the team with the best record in the NBA? "You've got to do it against the best teams," Griffin said. "It's about us, about how we play, so it would mean something, but this next game or the next two games don't make or break our season." The Clippers will play the Warriors after having taken a cross-country flight amid a schedule that includes eight games in eight different cities . . . not that the Clippers expect any preferential treatment.

The Arguments For and Against Taking the Los Angeles Clippers Seriously | Bleacher Report
Still, even at 49-25, do the Clippers look like contenders or pretenders? A reasonable person could make arguments for or against either side.

Projecting Los Angeles Clippers' Best and Worst 2015 NBA Playoff Matchups | Bleacher Report
Regardless, all eight franchises that make the playoffs in the West will be formidable. The Clippers will need to force their opponents to play to their strengths, but they also need a bit of luck. Each team has varying weaknesses, so matchups will be crucial to postseason success.

No. 1 Chris Paul - ESPN
Chris Paul placed #1 on ESPN's rankings of Point Guards "When the game starts, that's when I become a different person. I "click out" during the jump ball. I have a lot of friends in the league, but they know: The moment that ball goes up, I'm different. On the court, I'm playing, so I'm more intense. It's like a different world. I'm going to do anything I have to do to win. It's a mindset."

Chris Paul has stronger MVP case than Russell Westbrook -- NBA Insider Daily - ESPN
Chris Paul belongs on MVP ballot CP3 may not edge Curry or Harden, but his durability puts him above Westbrook. (Insider required)

2. Los Angeles Clippers: Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul
When all three are in the game, the Los Angeles Clippers score 117.7 points per 100 possessions. That would rank as the highest offensive rating in NBA history with room to spare. Their 15.2 net rating is equally, if not more, unfathomable.

Shaq burned the Lakers and Clippers during the Justin Bieber roast | For The Win
The Comedy Central roast of Justin Bieber aired Monday, and there were some pretty good Bieber jokes. But when Shaquille O’Neal took the podium, there were also some pretty good Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers jokes.