The Clippers opened their monstrous first-round series against the defending champion Spurs with about as positive a start as they could have hoped for Sunday. They won by 15, held San Antonio to 36.6 percent shooting, outran the Spurs (23-12 in fast-break points) and got 17 points (on 7-for-10 shooting) from bench sparkplug Jamal Crawford, his best game since February.

The Game 1 performance was especially encouraging because there has been much hand-wringing in Clipperland about the importance of this postseason. Players are asked, repeatedly, about extra pressure and senses of urgency. Rightly, they shrug.

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Blake Griffin said he really does not think about it until someone with a tape recorder asks. Team leader Chris Paul said, “It’s not about my sense of urgency. I think we as a team have a sense of urgency. It isn’t just my fourth year with the team, it’s me, Blake and (DeAndre Jordan)’s fourth year together. Our team last year went through a lot together, so right now we are just trying to take one game at a time.”

In three playoffs of Griffin-Paul-Jordan, the Clippers have had two trips to the second round and one first-round ouster. If this one does not work out, if they are wiped out by the Spurs, the thinking goes, something has got to change. As TNT analyst Charles Barkley put it, “They’ll have to blow that thing up.”

Oh? Highly unlikely. Ask around NBA front offices and you get the idea that, win or lose, the Clippers will field a similar team next year.

“That stuff, you shake your head,” one Western Conference general manager said. “Everyone wants a team that has some bad luck to blow it up. OK. Blow it up. How? Are you trading Blake? Chris Paul? Of course not, that has not come up at all, it has not even been mentioned. They’re a good team. They got the Spurs in the first round. If they lose, that’s just bad luck.”

Paul and Griffin aren’t going anywhere. If they were on the block, the Clippers would have no shortage of suitors, but a deal would be tough to execute because of their contracts. Paul is signed for two more years at $44 million (he has an option on a third), and has a trade kicker in his contract that would bump up his salary by 10 percent. Griffin has two years and almost $40 million left (and also has an option on a third) on his deal, and his trade kicker is 15 percent.

But, again, they’re not leaving. There was an empty rumor last year about Griffin being traded to New York for Carmelo Anthony. Never discussed. Similarly, there was nothing to the notion of LeBron James coming to the Clippers in a sign-and-trade for Griffin last summer. That was pure media construction. James did not consider the Clippers.  

The only change that could come the Clippers’ way involves center DeAndre Jordan, an unrestricted free agent this summer who will be seeking a max-level contract. Jordan will explore the market, but he has developed a strong relationship with coach Doc Rivers and would be inclined to stay put. 

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What’s more, the Clippers almost have no choice but to keep Jordan, even if the contract costs them five years and more than $100 million. That would put the team into luxury-tax territory for the third season in a row, incurring a repeater tax.  

But there are no alternatives. If Jordan walks, the Clippers have $58 million committed to players next season even if they decline options on Matt Barnes and Jamal Crawford, who basically are their fifth and sixth best players in a short rotation. If they keep those two but not Jordan, the Clippers are at $65 million and would have to plug Spencer Hawes into the center spot. Hawes, mind you, is a center who shot 39.3 percent from the field this year, while Jordan’s 71.0 percent shooting was second-best in NBA history.

The cap is projected to be about $67 million, leaving Los Angeles with little room financially for roster changes. The four-year, $22 million contract given to Hawes last summer was an utter bust, and as they’ve struggled to find players on the wing, that move looks even worse. So does the summer giveaway of Jared Dudley to the Bucks, who copped a 2017 first-round pick in the bargain. Dudley struggled last season but bounced back this year in Milwaukee.

And the Clippers had already lost this year’s first-round draft pick to the Celtics when they brought in Rivers, plus they have traded away second-rounders for three straight years. That means, of the six picks they’d normally be granted in the next three drafts, the Clippers have control of only one, their 2016 first-rounder.

If there is urgency and pressure for the Clippers, then, it’s simply because they feel they’re a better team than one continually knocked out of the NBA’s postseason tournament by mid-May. But have no fear about the personnel. Even if the Clippers fall in this first round, this group will mostly be back intact next season.