In a season of firsts for their franchise, the Los Angeles Clippers are opening the playoffs with a familiar foe.
Only this time, they own home-court advantage against the Memphis Grizzlies. Both teams finished the regular season with identical 56-26 records and tied for fourth in the Western Conference.
Game 1 is Saturday night at Staples Center.
A year ago, the Clippers opened at Memphis and fell into a 27-point hole. They rallied to tie an NBA record for largest deficit overcome in the fourth quarter and won by one point.
''That game was crazy,'' Chauncey Billups, who was injured and watched from the bench, said Friday. ''Safe to say that probably won't happen again.''
Then, the Clippers won a Game 7 for the first time in franchise history in Memphis to advance.
''The biggest thing we have this year is more experience,'' All-Star guard Chris Paul said.
Billups is back in the lineup after missing chunks of the season with various injuries, most recently a strained groin. Co...