Tuesday's Clippers News: With playoffs approaching, focus turns to Jazz

Clippers keeping an eye on Jazz as playoffs near: With Utah almost certain to be the LA Clippers' likely opponent in the first round of the playoffs, the Clippers have kept a close eye on the Jazz, who lost in San Antonio on Sunday and are just a half-game ahead of the Clippers for the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. The Jazz have five games remaining -- the Clippers play four -- and a matchup between the two sides has grown increasingly likely. -- The Orange County Register

Chris Paul says Clippers have played well in spurts: Chris Paul, looking refreshed and casual from a day of rest, seemed genuinely unaware when told before the Clippers practiced Monday that they were 7-2 in their last nine games. “Are we?” the point guard asked. “We lost the Sacramento game and the Mavs game. Winnable game.” -- Los Angeles Times

Clippers loom as Jazz’s first-round playoff foe: The Jazz don't know if they will have home-court advantage for the first round of the playoffs. Their opponent, however, is all but decided. With the Oklahoma City Thunder losing to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday, the Jazz are 31/2 games ahead of OKC with five games remaining. If the Jazz defeat the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, they will officially be locked into the fourth or fifth spot in the Western Conference. -- The Salt Lake Tribune