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When the Warriors and Clippers went head-to-head in the regular season, a common thought in the basketball world went something like this, “Man, wouldn’t it be fun if these two teams met in the postseason?” Well, that’s about to become reality as the teams’ first round playoff series tips off this Saturday in Los Angeles at 12:30 p.m. (TV: ABC; Radio: KNBR 680).

The Warriors, who took the third seed in the Western Conference with a 51-31 record, split their four-game season series with their division rivals, with the home team winning all four games. The Clippers (57-25), who won the Pacific Division and received the third seed, won in Los Angeles on Halloween and again last month, but the Warriors won the middle two games of the season series, one of which came in dramatic fashion on Christmas Night.

Speaking of dramatics, it’s no secret that the relationship between the Warriors and Clippers has been a bit chippy over the last two seasons. In the four head-to-head matchups this season, the teams combined for nine technical fouls, five of which were called on the Clippers. But as the following stats indicate, the teams are closely matched in more areas than just Ts.

OffRtg
DefRtg
DReb%
OReb%
3FG%
OPP 3FG%
GSW
(NBA Rank)
105.3
(12th)
99.9
(3rd)
76.3%
(5th)
25.1%
(18th)
38.0%
(T-4th)
34.4%
(3rd)
LAC
(NBA Rank)
109.4
(1st)
102.1
(6th)
72.5%
(26th)
25.0%
(20th)
35.2%
(22nd)
33.2%
(1st)
OffRtg=Offensive Rating: Measures a team's points scored per 100 possessions.
DefRtg=Defensive Rating: Measures a team's points allowed per 100 possessions.
DReb%=Defensive Rebounding Percentage: The percentage of available defensive rebounds a team gets.
OReb%=Offensive Rebounding Percentage: The percentage of available offensive rebounds a team gets.
3FG%=3-Point Shooting Percentage
OPP 3FG%=Opponent 3-Point Shooting Percentage

As far as the Warriors go, they’ve done particularly well against the Clippers with their starters on the floor. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, David Lee and Andrew Bogut each have a positive +/- rating against the Clippers this season, although the injury to Bogut certainly hurts the Warriors there. Curry leads the club with a +6.5 per game and Iguodala is a +6.3. Contrarily, of the eight Clippers to start in a game against the Warriors, only three of them have a positive +/- rating against the Dubs (Chris Paul +9.3, Blake Griffin +5.3 and JJ Redick +2.5).

The Clippers bench certainly out-performed that of the Warriors in the regular season, and narrowing that gap will certainly be important for the Warriors if they want to knock off a three-seed in the playoffs for the second straight year.

David Lee had at least 20 points in each of the Warriors' four regular season games against the Clippers. (Stephen Dunn/NBAE/Getty Images)

And while the postseason series will certainly live on its own and not be dictated by what happened in months October through March, it is worthwhile to point out these notes from the regular season series between the two clubs …

  • The team that won the rebounding battle won all four games.

  • The team who had more turnovers lost three of the four games, with the turnovers being even in the other matchup.

  • The team who had had more points in the paint won all four games.

That last note is particularly interesting considering the Warriors out-scored the Clippers in the paint 204-156 in their four head-to-head matchups. That was especially lopsided in the two Warriors wins in which they were a +58 on points in the paint, many of which were scored in transition.

Take a further look at each of the 2013-14 regular season matchups between the Warriors and Clippers below

October 31, 2013 | L, 126-115 | Staples Center | Los Angeles, Calif.
Stephen Curry tried to shoot the Warriors back into the game but a 19-point second-half deficit proved too much to overcome in Thursday’s 126-115 road loss to the Clippers. Curry knocked down four of his nine treys in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough on a night that saw the Warriors issue 24 turnovers. Clippers guard Chris Paul forced several of those turnovers, as he tallied six steals to go along with his jaw-dropping 42 points and 15 assists. Curry finished with 38 points and nine assists and David Lee had 22 points and six rebounds in Golden State’s first loss of the season. Andre Iguodala logged his first double-double (14 points, 11 assists) with his new team and Andrew Bogut added 17 points for the Warriors.

December 25, 2013 | W, 105-103 | Oracle Arena | Oakland, Calif.
Christmas Whiteout, multiple ejections and a game that went down to the wire – the Warriors’ 105-103 victory over the Clippers at Oracle Arena had all the dramatics a fan can ask for, including a pair of defensive stops by the Dubs in the game’s final possession. David Lee and Klay Thompson each had 23 points and Stephen Curry scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. After trailing by as many as 13 points early in the game, the Warriors came back and took the lead for good on a pair of Harrison Barnes free throws with 1:09 left in the fourth quarter. No team scored after that, and the Dubs’ secured their third-straight win when Jamal Crawford’s last-second three-pointer was off the mark.

Andre Iguodala averaged 11.0 points and 5.5 assists against the Clippers during the regular season. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)

January 30, 2014 | W, 111-92 | Oracle Arena | Oakland, Calif.
The Warriors had their way with the Clippers in Thursday’s 111-92 victory on at Oracle Arena. Andrew Bogut controlled the interior with 14 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks and David Lee also had a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, as the Warriors outscored the Clippers 66-22 in the paint. Stephen Curry added 22 points and seven assists on 8-of-10 shooting, while Klay Thompson added 16 points of his own. The Dubs also got a boost from their bench, as Marreese Speights chipped in 12 points and Harrison Barnes had 10 points along with the dunk of the night.

March 12, 2014 | L, 111-98 | Staples Center | Los Angeles, Calif.
The Warriors ran out of gas Wednesday night, falling to the Clippers 111-98 in Los Angeles. The game was close the entire contest until the final minutes, but after playing last night, the Warriors didn’t have enough to put them over the top. Klay Thompson led the team with 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting, including four three-pointers. David Lee scored 20 points and hauled in seven rebounds, while Stephen Curry notched another double-double with 13 points and 11 assists.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: WARRIORS VS. CLIPPERS
Statistical leaders from the team's four regular season matchups
Warriors
SCORING
REBOUNDING
ASSISTS
STEALS
Curry – 22.0
Bogut* – 10.8
Curry – 9.5
Thompson – 2.0
Lee – 21.8
Lee – 9.0
Iguodala – 5.5
Iguodala – 1.5
Thompson – 18.8
Barnes – 5.7
Lee – 3.3
Curry – 0.8
Bogut* – 11.8
Curry – 4.5
Crawford – 2.5
Green – 0.8

Clippers
SCORING
REBOUNDING
ASSISTS
STEALS
Paul –  28.0
Jordan – 15.3
Paul – 12.7
Paul – 3.7
Griffin – 25.0
Griffin –  10.5
Griffin – 3.0
Griffin – 2.0
Granger* – 18.0
Granger* – 6.0
Barnes – 3.0
Jordan – 0.8
Crawford – 15.0
Paul – 4.0
Collison – 2.0
Dudley – 0.8

* Andrew Bogut (rib fracture) is out indefinitely.
** Danny Granger played in just one of the four Warriors-Clippers games.

There are so many reasons to look forward to this series, and it’s great to know that we are less than 24 hours from Game 1. Study up further on the series through the links below and get the most updated information and behind-the-scenes video at Warriors Playoff Central. Let the games begin!

 

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