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#TWiCH: April 29 Is Historically a Great Day for Clippers Playoff Basketball

If you are a superstitious basketball fan, then you have a reason to be excited for tonight's Clippers contest against the Portland Trail Blazers. With their backs against the wall, and without the services of the team's top two players, the Clippers will be fighting against odds to force a game 7 at Staples Center on Sunday. Let's take a quick trip back for This Week in Clippers History

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

April 29, 2015:

Opponent: San Antonio Spurs

Location: San Antonio

Game: 6 (Spurs lead 3-2)

Just one year ago today, the Clippers were fighting off elimination against the always hard to beat San Antonio Spurs, in San Antonio. The Clippers would not go down easy. Led by their two all-stars, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, the Clippers would beat the Spurs, 102-96, to force a game 7, which the Clippers would win in dramatic fashion.

April 29, 2014

Opponent: Golden State Warriors

Location: Staples Center

Game: 5 (Series tied 2-2)

With Donald Sterling creating a major distraction, the Clippers returned home for their first game at Staples Center after the Sterling fiasco. The players were in the midst of an emotional roller coaster, and Staples Center was a weird looking place, with sponsor's logos removed or covered up for the game. The Clippers players overcame the distraction, and came together to win game 5, and take a 3-2 lead in the series. They would go on to win the series in game 7.

April 29, 2012

Opponent: Memphis Grizzlies

Location: Memphis

Game: 1

Ahh, the comeback. The thing that really brought many fans on the bandwagon, and showed the world that the Clippers had heart, and would never give up. Down 21 points at the start of the 4th quarter (27 midway through the 3rd), the Clippers somehow fought back to win the game, 99-98. It was tough defense, hot shooting, and a lot of heart!

April 29, 2006

Opponent: Denver Nuggets

Location: Denver

Game: 4 (Clippers leading 2-1)

In the only postseason appearance of the Elton Brand era, the Clippers were the official underdogs of the first round match-up against the Denver Nuggets. In those days, the division winners were guaranteed the top 3 seeds, and Denver, having won the very week Northwest conference with a record of 44-38, received the 3 seed, while the Clippers, who finished second in the Pacific with a record of 47-35. The Clippers won game 4, and would close out the series in game 5, with fans chanting to beat the Lakers (who were leading their series against the Phoenix Suns, but would eventually lose).

(I couldn't find a game 4 video, so enjoy game 5 highlights)

April 29, 1993

Opponent: Houston Rockets

Location: Houston

Game: 1

This is the only loss in the history of the Clippers franchise, on April 29 in the playoffs. The Clippers, who were the 7th seed, would push the 2nd seeded Rockets to game 5, eventually losing the series 3-2.