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      Thunder face a familiar foe

      Monday night the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers play game one of their Western Conference Semifinal in Oklahoma City. Each team had to go to seven games in their previous series to get to this point so it's quick turnaround. But four regular season meetings gives each pretty good barometer and what the other brings to the table. For the record the two teams split those four meetings 2-2 and from Oklahoma City's standpoint they don't have to worry about the Clippers trying to slow the pace."They led the league in scoring, said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "They're a big time three point shooting team. They score points in the paint they get to the free throw line. Blake(Griffin)has really taken his game to another level. His midrange jump shot, you can't give him that anymore. He knocks that down. He shoots it with confidence and they look for him."The question is will Serge Ibaka be looking for Griffin. Those two have a history of rough housing with one another. They're certainly two of the more athletic power forward's in the league. Throw in the Russell Westbrook vs Chris Paul point guard matchup and this series has the makings off an up and down exciting finish that should keep both fan bases entertained and tense at the same time.
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