Los Angeles Clippers Schedule in 2014 - 2015
The Clippers start their season on Oct 30 and Oct 31 with a back-to-back. On opening night they face the team that knocked them out of the postseason last year, the Oklahoma City Thunder, in a home game. Then they face their city rivals, the LA Lakers, the next night in a "road game" (both teams share the Staples Center for games). Their first of four match-ups against against their northern California rivals, the Warriors, begins on November 5 in Oakland. The two rivals meet for the second time in LA on a marquee Christmas Day battle. After opening with 8 of their first 9 games in Los Angeles and all 9 in California, the Clippers head on the road for 7 straight games including three sets of back to backs. Later from Christmas through Jan 11 they have a 9 game home stand. This is balanced out by an 8 game road trip from January 28 to Feb 9 that includes 3 sets of back to back games. The schedule balances out more down the stretch and they are able to finish with 3 games at home before traveling to phoenix for the season finale.
Los Angeles Clippers Roster
The Clippers roster remains mainly intact from last season. All-Star point guard Chris Paul and sharp shooter JJ Redick remain the starters in the back court. Dynamic bench scorer Jamal Crawford will continue to back them up from the bench. Solid swing-man Matt Barnes returns to start at small forward while the dynamic All-Star Blake Griffin while start at power forward after healing up from injuries this off-season. Deandre Jordan returns to play center. Reserve Jared Dudley was dealt away in the off-season to Milwaukee for Carlos Delfino. The team also signed big men Spencer Hawes and Ekpe Udoh to join the returning Glen Davis as reserve front court players. Reserve guards Jordan Farmar and Chris Douglas-Roberts were also signed this off-season. The returning Hedo Turkoglu and Reggie Bullock along with rookie CJ Wilcox round out the rest of the roster. Head Coach Doc Rivers will reprise his dual-role as coach and team president for a second consecutive season.
Los Angeles Clippers Fan Experience
The Clippers play at the Staples Center located in downtown Los Angeles. The share this building with both to LA Lakers and the LA Kings, whose seasons both run concurrent with the Clippers, making this one of the busiest arenas in the country. Since the team has no championship banners, during clipper home games, they erect banners of the current players to cover up the championship banners of their city rivals the Lakers. The Staples Center is a state of the art Arena that opened in October of 1999 and it is the only Arena co-inhabited by two NBA franchises.
Los Angeles Clippers Trivia
That last three year stretch has been the most successful run of Clipper basketball in the history of the franchise. With their city Rivals the Lakers falling on hard times, the Clippers have ceased control of the city for the moment at least. Also, the team recently changed ownership. After a scandal involving racism with long time owner Donald Sterling, the team was sold for $2 billion to Steve Balmer, a former Microsoft CEO.
Los Angeles Clippers History
The Los Angeles Clippers have never won any championships. They have existed in three cities during their history. They started out as an expansion team the Buffalo Braves in 1970. Then in 1978 they moved from Buffalo, NY to San Diego, CA and became the San Diego Clippers. Their last move occurred in 1984 as they moved to Los Angeles to become the Los Angeles Clippers. Throughout their history on the court, they have mostly been a bad basketball team. Since their move to Los Angeles, until their recent three year run of success, they were mired in long periods of poor play and not making the playoffs. From 1994 to 2010 the team only made the playoffs 2 times. They wasted draft picks on busts like Michael Olowokandi. Marquee players like All-Star Elton Brand always left town as soon as possible. They team also wasted money on former all-stars like Baron Davis, who was past his prime. The drafting of All-Star Blake Griffin and trading for All-Star Chris Paul is what finally turned the team around and brought about the best Clipper teams in history,
Los Angeles Clippers Fan Info
After suffering through decades of poor play, poor management, and poor ownership, the Clipper fans are hard core fans and loyal fans. Their loyalty is finally being rewarded. First with a good team for the past three years and now with an ownership change away from Donald Sterling. Celebrities like Billy Crystal can often be seen at Clipper games during the good years and the bad. Clipper fans love their team no matter what, but the recent string of success combined with the ousting of hated owner Donald Sterling has truly energized the fan base. Expect the Staples Center crowd for Clippers games to loud and proud for years to come.