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Old 04-04-2012, 03:10 PM   #2
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Default Re: GT: Clippers (32-21) @ Lakers (34-20) 4/4 on ESPN

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Quickly and decisively, the Clippers point out that there isn't a rivalry between them and the Lakers.

"Honestly, I don't think it is one," center DeAndre Jordan said. "But I'm not worried about any other team. I don't care about them. I respect them as a team and as players. Once we step in between that line, I could care less about any accomplishments they have."

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"We're not going to back down to anybody," Jordan said. "We're going to stand up to the challenge. It's going to be a physical game. It's going to be some talking in the game. We're not going to back down to anybody, whether it's the worst team in the league or the best team in the league. That's how we are going to get better."

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"It's another big game for us," Chris Paul said. "We've got some momentum going. It's one of those games that we want to win."

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"We don't make too much of it," Paul said. "First of all, it's been so long ago that we played them. We're two totally different teams. I don't even remember that last game too much. But it's obviously a big game" Wednesday.

And what about Gasol rubbing Paul on the head in the second game, causing the Clippers All-Star guard to push Gasol back?

"I don't even remember that, until you bring it up," Paul claimed.

So is this a rivalry?

"It's not really a rivalry," Griffin said. "It's a game between two teams that play in the same city, play in the same building. It's just another game."

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