Los Angeles Times

Clippers rookies receive baptism by fire

LOS ANGELES - Drawing the top-seeded Golden State Warriors in the NBA playoffs' first round was the Los Angeles Clippers' worst-case scenario for many obvious reasons.

The Clippers' depth and locker-room cohesion helped upend low expectations and overcome dramatic roster turnover, but without any current or former All-Stars, there was an expectation that what propelled them throughout the winter would only go so far in a best-of-seven series against the loaded Warriors.

That expectation has played out as expected. Following their 113-105 victory Sunday at Staples Center, the

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