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NBA Playoffs 2012: Clippers Clinch Playoff Spot, On Heels Of Lakers

The Los Angeles Clippers are headed back to the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Can they rally up on their in-city rivals and earn that third spot in the Western Conference Playoffs?

With the loss by the Houston Rockets earlier tonight against the Denver Nuggets the Clippers clinched a playoff berth. The Clippers have known they were probably playoff-bound for while now, and are really on the heels of the Lakers for the Pacific Division crown. The Clippers are currently in the fourth spot at 38-23, with the Lakers only a game ahead at 39-22.

The Clippers or the Lakers are the two teams likeliest to earn that third seed, which means a likely duel with either a sixth seed of Denver or Dallas. The runner-up gets Memphis. Neither the Clippers nor the Lakers want to face Memphis all that much. The race begins.

To talk about the Clippers playoff picture with fans of Lob City, head on over to Clips Nation. To learn more about the Lakers playoff picture with fans of the Lake Show, check out Silver Screen and Roll.

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