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The Phoenix Suns (45-37) and the LA Clippers (44-38) will face off in Round 1 of the 2023 Playoffs in a seven-game series. The winner is the first team to four wins.
The Suns will have home court advantage, beginning Sunday with Game 1 at Footprint Center in Phoenix. The Suns will host games 1, 2, 5 (if necessary) and 7 (if necessary), while the Clippers will host games 3, 4 and 6 (if necessary).
Key things to know:
- Clippers Kawhi Leonard is healthy for the playoffs for the first time since the second round of the 2021 Playoffs.
- Clippers All-Star Paul George is expected to miss at least the start of the series as he rehabs from strained ligament(s) in his knee from hyperextension. He missed the last 9 games of the year, and only recently has been allowed to bend his leg again after three weeks of immobility.
- The Suns are healthy, for the most part. Backups Bismack Biyombo (knee) and Cameron Payne (tailbone) suffered day-to-day injuries in game 81 and sat out game 82.
- Each team boasts a two-time Finals MVP in Kawhi Leonard (Spurs in 2014, Raptors in 2019) and Kevin Durant (Warriors in 2017 and 2018).
Who wins Suns vs. Clippers, and in how many games?