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Clippers-Warriors series billed as must-see TV as brewing California rivalry hits playoffs

Forget the Showtime Lakers or the Sacramento Kings of past decades.There's a flashy brand of basketball being played by a new pair of rising California rivals. The alley-oops in Lob City, the deep 3-pointers by the Splash Brothers and the overall bitterness between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors should make for one of the most entertaining matchups in the first round of the NBA playoffs."As far as a series, it's a 10," said former New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, who will have a front row seat on the ABC broadcasting team for Game 1 in Los Angeles on Saturday.Whether the high-octane style and 3-point prowess both teams possess can carry either to a championship — this year or in the future — remains to be seen.Those Kings teams, dubbed "The Greatest Show on Court" on a 2001 Sports Illustrated cover, never even made the NBA Finals. Neither did the high-scoring Phoenix Suns with two-time MVP Steve Nash at the point. The "Run TMC" Warriors under the direction of D...

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