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With the 2017-2018 NBA schedule fully released, here is a run-through of all the important parts of the Clippers’ upcoming season.
The announcement of schedules is always greeted with a lot of fanfare, mostly due to timing— there is very little other NBA news in the middle of August. That said, the schedule is important, and matters a great deal for both a team’s record and for its visibility to fans. Especially crucial is the national television schedule, as those games draw the most eyeballs, and can be huge in generating buzz for a team.
I was prepared for the Clippers to lose a lot of nationally televised games. Even with Blake Griffin returning, I thought the loss of Chris Paul would put a severe dent in the Clippers’ “national recognition”, scaring away ESPN and TNT. However, that is not the case at all: The Clippers have 31 games on national television (counting NBATV), the seventh highest number in the NBA. They will have 12 games on NBATV, 10 games on ESPN, and 9 on TNT. That’s substantial, and while NBATV isn’t nearly as big a deal as the other stations, it’s nice to know the Clips have mass appeal. Unfortunately, they won’t be granted any ABC games (Paul’s Rockets have six), but cracking almost 20 between TNT and ESPN combined is quite good.
The NBA season is starting over a week earlier than last year in an effort to grant teams more rest during the season. This has resulted in eliminating all “four games in five days” situations, and lowering the number of back to backs. The Clippers only have 14 back to back games this season, down from 18 last season— though 14 is still far too high. Eight of those are in the first two months of the season, which should grant the Clippers a respite as the season winds down.
While the Clippers start off the season playing eight of their first nine games at home, their fortune immediately reverses with an identical stretch on the road. While the early home schedule does feature a showdown with Golden State, the rest of those first nine games aren’t incredibly challenging: The Clippers will face the Lakers, Mavericks, and Suns, amongst others. The next sequence is mixed, as it starts off with road games at San Antonio, Oklahoma City, and Cleveland, all very tough games. However, the final three road contests are against the Knicks, Hawks, and Kings, all of whom should be in the lottery next season. The Clippers’ schedule in April is also easy, with five of their final six games at home. This should grant the Clippers an ability to make up ground down the stretch, which could be huge if they are jockeying for a playoff spot.
Other notable facts:
· The Clippers’ longest road trip is five games, from November 7th to the 15th.
· Their longest homestretch is six games, from February 28th to March 10th.
· They are going to travel 50,725 miles this season, sixth most in the NBA. As airplane flights have gotten more and more luxurious over time, this shouldn’t be a huge deal, but it can still be a factor as the season goes along.
· The Clippers will play every Western Conference team four times except for the Mavericks, Nuggets, Thunder, and Spurs. This is very good news. The Spurs and Thunder should be two of the best teams in the Conference, and the Nuggets will probably be dangerous as well. The less the Clippers play those teams, the better. Even better, two of the three games against the Nuggets are at home, meaning they play only one game at mile-high altitude.
· Reunions: The Clippers will play J.J. Redick and the Sixers for the first time on November 13th (at home), Jamal Crawford and the Wolves on December 3rd (away), and Chris Paul on December 22nd. That first game against the Rockets is on ESPN, and Chris Paul’s return to Staples Center will be on TNT (January 15th). Jamal’s first time back at Staples, on December 6th, will also be on ESPN.
· January is the Clippers’ toughest month (strength of schedule of 0.552), with two games against Golden State, and one against Houston, OKC, Utah, Minnesota, and Boston.
Preseason is now only a month and a half away. While the rest of August and most of September should be quiet, Clippers’ basketball will be here before you know it!
When the NBA unveiled its full slate of games Monday for the 2017-18 season, the league made sure to jump-start things with marquee players in marquee games early in the season.
And for those fans in Los Angeles, the NBA put the trending Lakers and Lonzo Ball against the steady Clippers and Blake...
Circle the date Jan. 15, 2018, in red ink. That's when Chris Paul makes his Staples Center return to face the Clippers for the first time since they traded him to the Houston Rockets earlier this summer for a package of players that included fellow guard Patrick Beverley.
Actually, the Rockets play host to the Clippers on Dec.
The entire calendar has dropped.
Finally, the full 82-game slate for the Clippers’ 2017-18 regular season has been released. L.A. will play their first game since trading Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets on Thursday, October 19th, against the Los Angeles Lakers in rookie Lonzo Ball’s NBA debut. The Clippers’ home opener will come Saturday, October 21st against the Phoenix Suns.
The Clippers’ four games against the defending champion Golden State Warriors will come on October 30th, January 6th, January 10th, and February 22nd. The Warriors have dominated the match-up in recent years after the Clippers eliminated them from the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
Chris Paul’s homecoming games will occur on January 15th and February 28th, when the Houston Rockets come to STAPLES Center.
Check out the full schedule below:
With Chris Paul gone, signing Blake Griffin became even more important. Fortunately, the Clippers were quickly able to sign him to a long-term deal. Here’s how a few of our writers grade that signing.
Kenneth Armstrong: A-
The context of this deal is really important when trying to grade it: If this deal happens before Chris Paul makes a decision, perhaps we decide that Paul didn't want to play with Blake anymore. Or maybe we say that the Clippers gave Blake too much money, which hurt our ability to keep CP3 and build around the familiar core.
But that's not what happened. Instead, Griffin's deal was a function of Chris Paul's exit, making it that much more important for the Clippers to accomplish. Simply put, the Clippers, having decided they don't want to completely tank, needed to keep at least one their superstar free agents. Given this context, I like this deal because it salvaged the Clippers from irrelevance.
The only thing that keeps it from a solid "A" is the fact that it's five years, fully guaranteed, without a team option in case Blake stays injury prone. Either way, this contract ensures Blake will become the most consequential Clippers player in the franchise's history -- whether the consequences are positive or negative is up to the on-court play. So far, he has been a net positive.
Robert Flom: B+
Blake Griffin will likely be a Clipper until he’s 33 years old. That sounds crazy, as it doesn’t seem all that long ago that the Clippers lucked into the coveted #1 pick in the 2009 draft, earning the right to draft the power forward from Oklahoma who many considered to be a once-in-a-generation type prospect. Blake has been the face of the Los Angeles Clippers (yes, even more than Chris Paul) since he was drafted eight years ago, and will remain such for the next five. That’s huge.
Even more than being bad, Clippers’ fans over the past couple years have feared irrelevancy. As the latter era Chris Paul teams slipped time and again, the prospect of Lob City breaking up became more and more likely. The worst nightmare was that it would be a total collapse, an abandonment of all starpower, competency, and recognition. A return to the days of yore, when the Clippers were one of the biggest jokes in professional sports. This deal has prevented that from happening.
The Clippers are no longer a theoretical title contender. Nor are they even a lock to make the playoffs in the talented and competitive Western Conference. But they are still relevant. The Clippers were able to sign Danilo Gallinari in free agency—not a top-tier name, to be sure, but definitely a player who was highly desired by many teams. They were able to grab Milos Teodosic, one of the best players outside of the NBA, on a bargain-rate contract. Neither of those deals would have been available without Blake Griffin.
There are worries about the contract, no doubt about it. Blake has been slowed by injuries in recent years, and there is a strong likelihood that he faces more in the years to come. Even when he’s played, he has not been the dominant force that he was in the 2014 season or the 2015 playoffs: an MVP caliber player. At 28, and with his peak athletic days behind him, it is quite possible that Blake will never be that player again. That doesn’t mean he can’t still be highly effective, especially since he will now be the clear alpha dog and leading option for the first time in half a dozen years. While his declining explosiveness might take away his effectiveness around the basket, his ability to pass and handle the ball won’t go away, and he is showing signs of finally moving behind the three-point line on a regular basis.
There is a definite possibility that Blake’s contract could become an albatross in a few years. He might be crippled by injuries, or just slowly fade away as his athleticism tumbles down the “wrong side of 30” precipice. However, there is no denying how much his signing means to the Clippers, both in the short and long term. Blake Griffin will lead almost all the Clippers’ record books if he finishes out this contract with them, and is a guarantee to get his jersey lofted to the rafters. For a franchise that has constantly dealt with failure and rejection, that is no small feat.
Max Jeffrey: B
At a glance, a five-year, $173 million contract may seem a bit steep for an injury-prone forward still learning to stretch the floor. But Blake Griffin has been the most important player in Clippers history, so paying him far more than anyone else could even offer was a no-brainer. At his best, he's an All-Star point forward with elite vision and athleticism, a perpetual human highlight reel. He's proven that he can be a major factor in the postseason. And it wasn't long ago that he was included in MVP discussions. Griffin's health will remain a topic of concern until he can stay out on the court consistently. But it's his team to lead now, and it feels like the Clippers will be fun to watch once again.
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The Clippers have 11 former players in Ice Cube’s BIG3, and Clips Nation is going to rank them week to week. Check out our Power Rankings for Week 7:
1. Stephen Jackson (Killer 3s)
Jackson remains at the #1 spot, even though his team lost this week. He was named, by BIG3, the player of the week because of his “Week 7-high 25 points that capped a gritty, intense performance in a close loss to 3’s Company.” Hard to argue with that.
2. Cuttino Mobley (Power)
“Cat” had 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. Overall, he is averaging 19.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.9 rebounds per game. He sits at third in the league in scoring per game. He has also been an extremely reliable, playing in all seven games thus far and averaging 28.3 minutes per game (5th in the league).
3. Ricky Davis (Ghost Ballers)
Although Davis and the Ghost Ballers lost fairly convincingly, Ricky had a solid game with 15 points and 4 rebounds. He also played a 30 minutes in the game, which was 6 more than his nearest teammate. It was clear that Ricky needed more help out there.
4. Reggie Evans (Killer 3s)
Reggie was on the losing end of his match up with 3’s Company, but he still did his thing on the boards. With 9 defensive and 4 offensive rebounds, Evans maintains his league-leading 12.4 rebounds per game.
5. Chauncey Billups (Killer 3s)
Billups was along for Stephen Jackson ride, adding 10 to Jackson’s 25 points. The two could have used some more help, however, as they weren’t able to get the win. Billups’ shooting might have had something to do with them coming up short, given that he only shot 2 for 11 from the field (both made shots being three pointers).
6. Al Thornton (3’s Company)
Thornton had a solid game in 3’s Company’s win, contributing 15 points on an efficient 5 of 8 from the floor.
7. Kenyon Martin (Trilogy)
Martin put up another lackluster performance with only 4 points on 4 attempts. His team did, however, come back from a 25-14 half time deficit to win 45-50.
8. Ruben Patterson (3’s Company)
Did not play in Week 7
9. Rasual Butler (Ball Hogs)
Did not play in Week 7
10. Brian Cook (Killer 3s)
Did not play in Week 7
11. Corey Maggette (Power)
Did not play in Week 7, out for the remainder of the season due to injury.
BIG3 basketball took to Lexington, Kentucky for week 7, where teams continued the fight for positioning in league’s inaugural playoffs.
The BIG3’s seventh week saw some incredible match-ups, as teams continued to battle for playoff spots. Here’s a recap of the Week 7 games, with special focus on former Los Angeles Clippers in the league.August 8, 2017 Game 1: 3 Headed Monsters 50, Ball Hogs 34
Rick Barry’s Ball Hogs continued to perform unimpressively, losing spectacularly to 3 Headed Monsters 34-50.
Rashard Lewis finished with a game-high 17 points and 11 rebounds for 3 Headed Monsters, while Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Derrick Byars was the only player in double figures for the 1-6 Ball Hogs, scoring 11. With this victory, 3 Headed Monsters clinched the second seed in the playoffs.Game 2: 3’s Company 51, Killer 3s 48
Despite stellar performances by Stephen Jackson and Chauncey Billups, Killer 3’s were eliminated from playoff contention after losing to 3’s Company 51-48. Jackson was the game’s high scorer with 25 points on 10-21 shooting from the field, while Billups added 10. Jackson’s performance earned him Big3 Player of the Week honors. He is currently the league’s second leading scorer, averaging 21.6 points per game.
Reggie Evans also performed notably, snatching 13 boards for Killer 3’s.
Andre Owens (20 points, 4 rebounds) and Al Thornton (15 points) led the way for 3’s Company, who improved to a 3-4 for the season. DerMarr Johnson also hit double figures with 10 points in the win. Ruben Patterson had a forgettable performance, scoring 2 points. Playing coach Alan Iverson was unable to suit up due to a one-game suspension resulting from last week's no-show.
Allen Iverson was suspended one game by the BIG3 league after no-showing in Dallas https://t.co/ldr2AT0QmD— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 3, 2017 Game 3: Trilogy 50, Power 45
Favored Trilogy continued their winning streak by defeating Power in a come-from-behind win 50-45. A surge by Power right before the half put them on top 25-14. It was not enough to stop the talented Trilogy, however. A 22-2 run to start the second half quickly erased the eleven point deficit. Trilogy’s Rashad McCants, the number 1 overall pick in the BIG3 draft, led all scorers with 20 points. Al Harrington added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Kenyon Martin had only 4 points in the game, but dazzled the crowd with his aggressive defense and two impressive blocks. With the win, Trilogy clinched the first seed in the upcoming playoffs.
DeShawn Stevenson finished with a team-high 19 points for Power, who failed to secure a playoff bearth as it dropped to 4-3. Co-captain Cuttino Mobley added 17 points on 6 for 10 shooting and 7 rebounds. Rasual Butler, who was traded to Power at the end of July, scored just 3 points on 1 for 6 shooting in the match-up. Corey Maggette, who was injured during Week 1, remains out for the season.Game 4: Tri-State 51, Ghost Ballers 43
In a surprising upset, Tri-State beat Ghost Ballers 51-43. Tri-State, who entered the game with an unimpressive 1-5 record, scored 26 points in the paint and doubled the Ballers’ bench production to pull off the win. Bonzi Wells led all scorers with 18 points for Tri-State, while Dominic McGuire (13 points) and Lee Nailon (12 points), also hit double figures. In order to keep their playoff hopes alive, Tri-State must pull off a win in Week 8.
Ricky Davis led the way for the Ballers with 15 points on 4 for 10 shooting from the field. Ivan Johnson added 14 points and 5 rebounds. Mike Bibby turned in a solid game as well, contributing 7 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Bibby currently leads the league in assists.