Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 5/15/12
Most people seem to believe the Spurs have a big advantage in their Western Conference semifinal matchup with the Clippers. After all, they're the well-rested team with championship experience. The Clips are supposedly too young and too banged up to win this series. I think the opposite may be true. To me, the tough, physical, grueling seven-game series that Los Angeles just played with Memphis is what playoff basketball is all about. Yes, the Clippers got dinged up Caron Butler broke a hand, Chris Paul strained his hip flexor, Blake Griffin sprained a knee but they also got battle-tested. If they're relatively healthy, I think they'll benefit from what they went through in the first round. Playoff basketball is extremely physical, and the Spurs haven't had to play that kind of basketball yet. They didn't get tested by the Jazz in the first round. They were able to play the same up-and-down style they used in the regular season. They played 11 guys and limited the minutes of th...
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