Wes Johnson says Clippers realize they are often not in Western Conference conversation


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It seems that whenever talking heads on television or radio discuss the Western Conference, the three teams that get mentioned are Golden State, San Antonio and Oklahoma City – the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 teams in the standings. Every once in a while, the Clippers are brought into that conversation. But not as a rule.

Clippers reserve forward Wes Johnson on Friday at practice said the team has noticed. He admitted it has created a chip of sorts, on players’ shoulders.

“Of course,” he said. “We know that. So it’s one of those things that we’re going to let them know we’re legit, that we’re for real. So when we play those top teams, we want to make a statement when we play them.”

The Clippers did that Wednesday when they came from 17 down after three quarters to defeat Oklahoma City 103-98 at Staples Center. The Thunder also lost Thursday at Golden State, so the fourth-place Clippers (40-20) are now just one game behind OKC (42-20).