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Clippers to get key test against San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday

Clippers have a stronger bench than last season when they were swept out of the Western Conference semifinals by the Spurs.

November 03, 2012
  • Blake Griffin attempts a shot over Tim Duncan during the Western Conference Finals last season.
Blake Griffin attempts a shot over Tim Duncan during the Western Conference… (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles…)

San Antonio at Clippers, 7:30 PST Wednesday. TV: Prime, ESPN.

The Spurs were like a playground bully in last season's Western Conference semifinals, easily withstanding any Clippers counterattack during a four-game sweep. The Clippers hope to pack a much bigger wallop this time around. While San Antonio's roster remains largely unchanged from a year ago, the Clippers bolstered their bench in a big way by adding Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes, Lamar Odom, Grant Hill and Ronny Turiaf. The Clippers' reserves outscored their respective counterparts, 95-33, during season-opening victories over Memphis and the Lakers. San Antonio opened its season with close wins over New Orleans and Oklahoma City.

—Ben Bolch

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