The Los Angeles Clippers franchise has played in the NBA since the 1970-71 season. As the Buffalo Braves, the franchise made the playoffs three times in eight years, never making it past the Eastern Conference Semifinals. After leaving Buffalo the franchise moved to San Diego and became the Clippers, but after six seasons without making the playoffs the club moved to Los Angeles. The Clippers haven’t had much success in Los Angeles since the move either. It took seven years for Los Angeles to make the playoffs for the first time, where the Clippers were bounced in the first round. The following year, in 1993, Los Angeles met the same fate in the playoffs. In the 2005-06 season the Clippers looked poised to take the city of Los Angeles by storm. Elton Brand, Corey Maggette and Sam Cassell helped the Clippers win a playoff series for the first time since the 1975-76 season. Today, Los Angeles is one of the best teams in the Western Conference. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin form one of the best duos in the league and new coach Doc Rivers is one of the league’s top coaches. The Clippers have not retired any numbers in franchise history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for LA Clippers basketball tickets.
2016 Clippers Season Preview
By all respects, the Los Angeles Clippers had a fantastic season a year ago, winning 56 games, and reaching the conference semifinals. But a heart breaking game 7 loss to the Rockets, has Clippers nation yearning for more. The offseason could not have gone better for the Clippers, they convinced star center DeAndre Jordan to stay in Los Angeles, and signed key veterans Josh Smith and Paul Pierce. The addition of Pierce gives the 2015 Los Angeles Clippers a player who knows what it takes to win an NBA title, and an additional scoring threat in the playoffs. The new additions will take some of the pressure off super stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, and makes the Clippers one of the deepest and most talented teams in the league. Baring major injuries, it is hard to not see the Los Angeles Clippers as one of the top 3 teams in the Western Conference this season.
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Los Angeles Clippers Basketball at Staples Center Address: 1111 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, California, 90015
The Clippers play their home games at the Staples Center, located in Los Angeles, California. When filled to capacity, the Staples Center holds nearly 19 thousand screaming Clippers fans. The mutual home of both the Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers, the Staples Center is filled with state-of-the-art amenities to provide the best experience for their patrons. The Los Angeles Clippers home bench is on the Staples Center court side in front of sections 118 & 119. Staples Center parking information is covered in our Clippers event guide.
Not only do these two teams share the same city, but they share the same arena. This has made this rivalry very bitter among the franchises and the fan bases. Nicknamed the "Hallway Series", the success of the Clippers in recent seasons has helped turn this rivalry into one of the better matchups in the NBA and will only continue to improve in the upcoming years.
Clippers vs. Warriors
Considered one of the best up-and-coming rivalries in the NBA, these two teams have some of the best young talent in the league. The games are often intense and hard fought which has made these matchups a must-watch. It is not uncommon for there to be trash talk from the players before and after games which has only heightened this budding rivalry.
Clippers vs. Suns
When these two team meet, it is often nasty and hard fought. The intensity level rises and has stretched to the fan bases. The Clippers and Suns have played each other over 200 times with the highlight of this series coming when the two teams met in the 2006 Western Conference playoffs.
Clippers in the NBA Finals, Western Conference Championships and NBA Playoffs
The Clippers have tried hard to erase the history of losing in recent seasons and they have done just that. With talented players like Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, the Clippers are quickly becoming one of the best teams in the league that has led them to win a division title in 2013. The Clippers will only add to that number in the upcoming years with the talented roster that they have.
Los Angeles Clippers Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to tipoff for a Clippers game?
Gates open to the general public 1:15 before tip off. The Clippers are one of the most exciting teams in the NBA and we recommend getting to the arena early to watch. You may even run into one of the dozens of celebrities who frequent Clippers games.
Where are some good places to eat before a Clippers game?
If you are a fan of sushi try Arashi Sushi. Their plates come out looking like works of art, and are almost as pleasing to look at, as they are to eat. There are some great Korean places within a few miles of the arena. Buil Samgye Tang, Soowon Galbi Korean Barbeque Restaurant, and Genwa Korean BBQ are all excellent choices. If you are looking for Mexican food, try Chicken Itza Restaurant. It is some of the best Mexican food you will ever try. El Parian is another good option. For a quicker and more laid back dining experience, try Tijuana Dogs food stand. No sporting event is complete without a hot dog, and these are some of the most extravagant ones that you will find.
Where is the best place to park at Staples Center?
Driving and parking in L.A. is always an adventure, so you need to be prepared. Getting to the game early is a must, and purchasing a parking pass from TicketCity is the easiest way to go. A majority of the parking close to the stadium is reserved for passes and fill up quickly. Taking the Dash bus is another hassle free way to get to the arena, but make sure to double check the times that it is running. Pay attention to no parking and tow away signs and be ready to spend at least $15.
Does my child need a ticket to go to a Clippers game?
Any child 3 years or older is required to have a ticket. All children under 3 are allowed to sit on a parents lap for the duration of the game.