The Los Angeles Clippers are hoping to sail to the top of the Western Conference standings this season after a disappointing finish in the NBA Playoffs last year.
A key for success this year will be avoiding injuries, particularly with Blake Griffin, who sat out a large portion of the Clippers schedule last season before he was sidelined with another season-ending injury in the playoffs. To make matters worse, Chris Paul also suffered an injury in the playoffs that essentially scuttled the team’s campaign for the NBA championship.
The Clippers face an uphill battle against division rivals and 2015 champions the Golden State Warriors, who acquired all star Kevin Durant during the offseason after several years with the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, the Clippers are almost always competitive in the heated California rivalry.
Other season highlights include home games against the Chicago Bulls, bolstered this year by the addition of Dwyane Wade, and a Christmas Day matchup against hometown rivals the Los Angeles Lakers. Western Conference standouts the San Antonio Spurs and the Cleveland Cavilers also make appearances on the Clippers’ home schedule.
Los Angeles Clippers team info
The Los Angeles Clippers should be one of the best teams in the Western Conference this season. They posted the fourth-best record in the West last season despite injuries throughout the campaign. However, the Clippers could not overcome injuries to Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in the first round of the postseason and ended up failing to the upstart Portland Trail Blazers in that series. Los Angeles is back and ready to make a serious run at the NBA Finals, and if they can stay healthy they appear to have a real chance to make it happen.
Los Angeles Clippers history
The Clippers were founded in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves. The organization moved to San Diego in 1978 and were renamed the Clippers. The team moved a bit north to Los Angeles in 1984 and have called the city home ever since. The Clippers won their first division title in 2013, but they have yet to reach an NBA Finals. The team is hoping that that changes this season as they eye an NBA Championship.
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