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Clippers and Thunder primed for another NBA playoff classic

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Western Conference supremacy for the 2013/14 NBA season is still yet to be decided, and tonight the Conference semifinal Game 5 match-up between OKC and LA Clippers will go some way to deciding it.

Oklahoma City Thunder will face off against the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at home, and we can expect more physical action at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The hosts should arguably have already established a commanding position in the series, but despite leading by 16-points in the fourth quarter Sunday, they managed to lose as the Clippers tied the series.

Thunder have the all important advantage of homecourt tonight and that might prove vital.

But momentum may be the factor that helps the Clippers to victory, with LA certainly in high spirits following their epic comeback two days ago.

We at least know the game will be physical, but when does tough play become too much?

Thunder stars such as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook complained of foul play during the game when they were speaking to NBA.com.

Durant said there's more than good defense going on.

"Every time I pass the ball, there's a guy on my arm," the league MVP said. "I'm 6-9. There's no way two six-footers are going to get the ball. You do the math."

When asked about the chippiness between the teams, Westbrook said the Clippers were creating some of it with their actions.

"There's a lot of flopping going on, I can tell you that much," Westbrook said.

Well whatever your opinion on the situation, the match-ups between the two always guarantee excitement.

The last two matches in the series have been decided by six points or less, meaning Game 5 is likely to go down to the wire as well.

Offensive is the name of the game in this series so far, with the lowest team total coming Sunday when the Clippers shot 99.

It's very likely that the winner of this game will go on to progress to the Western Conference finals.

If the Thunder win they will have to only win one more game in the series, with Game 7 already guaranteed to be at home for them.

For the Clippers, another win would see them in a perfect position to take the series after yet another confidence boost. 3-2 up the series, it would be hard to see a comeback for the Thunder with the momentum clearly in the Clippers favor.

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