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Big Baby says Clippers would've beaten Warriors in conference finals

Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Clippers suffered one of the worst playoff collapses in memory last season, squandering a 3-1 series lead - along with a 19-point third-quarter advantage in Game 6 - to lose to the Houston Rockets in seven games in the Western Conference semifinals.

It's the closest the Clippers have come to cracking the NBA's final four in the franchise's 45 years of existence - dating back to their inception as the Buffalo Braves.

But had they avoided that fate and indeed made their first-ever conference final, Clippers forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis believes they would have taken things at least one step further by knocking off the eventual champion Golden State Warriors.

That's tall talk from a guy who averaged 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in the playoffs, especially since the Clippers lost three of four regular-season games against the Warriors (though two of those losses came by just eight and four points).

Still, considering Los Angeles would have thrown out arguably the league's second-best point guard to counter Steph Curry - while Houston ran with the tandem of 37-year-old Jason Terry and 38-year-old Pablo Prigioni - there's at least a case to be made that the Clippers would have fared better than the Rockets, who lost in five games.

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