Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Golden State Warriors won the NBA title this past season, and they have started this one 12-0.Clippers forward Paul Pierce understands what the Warriors must be thinking.He knows because he helped the Boston Celtics to a title in 2008. The Celtics started the next season 27-2.“Being in that position, you win a championship and then you start a season 12-0, you just feel like nobody can play with you guys,” Pierce said. “You feel like nobody can beat you. You feel like any team that takes a lead on you, you can always come back. You have the ultimate confidence.” The Clippers led the Warriors by 10 points with 7:56 left at Golden State on Nov. 4. The Warriors won 112-108.“I mean, you’re champion,” Pierce said. “It’s just like probably any fighter who gets hit, goes down, probably still gets up and feels like, ‘I’m still going to win this fight.’ That’s just their feeling, and they’ve earned it.”Pierce and the Clippers (6-4) on Thursday night at Staples Center will play host to the Warriors at 7:30 (on TNT). Pierce is more than a little impressed with his team’s rival.“It’s all about their swagger, man, their confidence,” he said. “It’s tough to put together long winning streaks like that, but when you have a great system and guys are all on the same page and nobody cares who gets the credit, then that does a lot to put together a long winning streak.”Clippers coach Doc Rivers coached that 2008 Celtics championship team. He said, indeed, the Warriors probably feel untouchable at this time. “Before that (winning a title), you think that, but there’s no proof to that,” he said. “You haven’t done anything. But after you win it, especially at the beginning of the year, you come out and you literally don’t think anyone can beat you.”For the record, that ’08-’09 Celtics team that started 27-2 lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals, no thanks to a season-ending injury to Kevin Garnett, who did not play in the postseason.No hate, just respectThere is no love lost between the Clippers and Warriors. But for Clippers forward Blake Griffin, it’s more about recognition than hate.“I don’t know if hate is ever a word I’d use to describe another basketball player,” he said. “But yeah, they’re at the top. You have to respect them. You have to respect what they’ve done.“You have to respect what they’re doing, and the way they’ve gone about it. The best way I can describe it is clutter-free basketball. They don’t have any hangups. That’s the way it has to be done.”Griffin gave his version of clutter-free basketball.“Clutter-free, to me, is just any problems, any personal things, any things that shouldn’t directly affect your game and how you play as a team — they’re not there,” he said. “They’re absent. No one’s worried about shots. No one’s worried about scoring.”Injury updatesRivers said prior to practice Wednesday that starting guards Chris Paul and J.J. Redick are possible, but not probable, for Thursday’s game. They have missed the past two games — Paul with a groin strain, Redick with back spasms.“We’re going to put them both out there (for practice),” Rivers said, “and if we like what we see … my guess right now is 50-50.”This and thatWarriors guard Steph Curry is leading the NBA in scoring with a 33.7 average. He is shooting 45.6 percent (62 of 136) from 3-point range. … Griffin is averaging 26.6 points, sixth in the league.