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The week ahead in the NBA

Chris Paul will try to lead the Clippers past the Miami Heat when the teams play Wednesday.

January 07, 2012|By Ben Bolch
  • Clippers guard Randy Foye knocks the ball from a driving Dwyane Wade of the Heat during a game last season at Staples Center.
Clippers guard Randy Foye knocks the ball from a driving Dwyane Wade of the… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

MIAMI AT CLIPPERS: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. TV: Prime Ticket, ESPN.

Chris Paul has become a fixture in the Los Angeles skyline, appearing on a giant facade outside the Figueroa Hotel and on a massive billboard along the 405 Freeway near the Clippers' training facility in Playa Vista.

The point guard really might seem larger than life if he can lead the Clippers to prominence in a Lakers town, and a victory over Miami would be a good place to start. The Heat has persevered through injuries to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, avoiding the slow start it endured last season when it lost four of its first nine games while waiting for the Big Three to mesh.

Now it's the Clippers who are trying to find a winning formula after a roster makeover.

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