Los Angeles Clippers Season Preview History
2012 NBA Playoffs Preview:
(4) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (5) Memphis Grizzlies
The high-flying Clip show is taking it to the postseason, but Memphis is looking to shoot down their title hopes like they did to San Antonio last year.
The Clippers were in danger of missing the playoffs in late March, but a 13-3 run late in the season rocketed Vinny Del Negro’s boys to the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul have become the duo most expected them to be, and it will be up to the frontcourt of Memphis to put a stop to the alley-oops. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph will be the two tasked with stopping Griffin, which gives them a decent chance to be posterized by the time the series is over.
Rudy Gay, O.J. Maro and Mike Conley will be hoping to build on an excellent finish to the regular season, winning their last 6 games and 14 of their last 17.
Los Angeles Clippers 2012 NBA Season Preview:
It was a up-and-down offseason for the Clips, who ended with a bang by pulling off the trade that their building-mate Lakers couldn’t (for whatever reason) pull off—landing the great point guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets. They did have to give away a lot, like center Chris Kaman and one of the best under-the-radar gamers in the league in Eric Gordon, but in return they have created the best nucleus of talent outside of Florida. Besides Paul, the Clippers have one of the best and brightest stars at forward, Blake Griffin, and an unheralded center in DeAndre Jordan, who looks to make The Leap into stardom this year with Paul and Griffin playing alongside him. The new nickname being thrown around the internet for the Clippers is Lob City (which Griffin uttered upon learning of the trade). Whether you call them, make sure you get your tickets soon before there are no more to go around.
2010-2011 Los Angeles Clippers NBA Preview:
The Los Angeles Clippers have long been second fiddle to the two-time defending champion Lakers. It doesn't help that the Clippers have made the playoffs just once in the last 13 seasons, and with no big offseason acquisitions to speak of, it appears as though the Clippers may once again be left out of the playoffs while their crosstown rivals compete for the title.
The offense is run by a pair of guards, Eric Gordon and Baron Davis. Both are reliable floor leaders, but neither are the type of player that teams design an offense around. Last year's leading scorer, center Chris Kaman, is back after averaging 18.5 points a game - leading to the seven footer's first All Star Game appearance.
The Clippers have several new faces that are looking to come in and make a difference. Brian Cook, Craig Smith and Randy Foye were all picked up in the offseason, but the moves cost them a number of players and left them about even with where they started. Rookies Eric Bledose and Al-Farouq Aminu are both talented, but may be unable to return the Clippers to the post season.
2009-2010 Los Angeles Clippers NBA Preview:
The Los Angeles Clippers are hoping to improve upon their 19 wins from last year as they move into the 2009-2010 NBA season. The Clippers will be lead by Head Coach Mike Dunleavy Sr, point guard Baron Davis and new star Blake Griffin. The Clippers have some talent on their roster, so if Davis and his backup Bassy Telfair can get the team pointed in the right direction then look out for L.A.
2008-2009 Los Angeles Clippers NBA Preview:
The Los Angeles Clippers will be an intense team to watch in a tough division this season in the NBA. Despite losing their leading scorer in Corey Maggette and their leading rebounder and blocker in Elton Brand, the Clippers have acquired some amazing talent. Baron Davis will be an asset for the Clippers at point guard and Marcus Camby and Jason Hart are going to turn heads as well. Match these three stars with draft picks Eric Gordon and DeAndre Jordan and you have one of the strongest teams in the West Division. Come watch a basketball game at the famed Staples Center in Los Angeles and you will bask in the talent of this playoff ready Clippers team.