LA Clippers News – 2013 Clippers Updates
11/8/13 – Entering the season, the LA Clippers are favorites to win the Pacific Division. Known as one of the best managers in the league, new head coach Doc Rivers will look to motivate this improved Clippers squad and lead them to what some predicted an NBA Finals appearance. CP3 is the league’s best guard, the Clippers a top-ranked offense; but, can Rivers mirror what he did in Boston and produce a solid defensive squad? The local Los Angeles talent on the Clippers roster is helping to sell ticket as well; UCLA Bruins fans will find three former players on the court competing for the Clippers: Matt Barnes, Darren Collison, and Ryan Hollins, the latter two should contribute defensively learning under the Howland defensive-first system. If the Clippers can prove adept at both ends of the court, they’ll be legitimate contenders in the postseason. Clippers tickets saw a 77% jump in ticket price
since last season. Still $61 cheaper than Lakers tickets inside the same building, but demand continues to rise.
8/8/13 - The Clippers’ record-breaking 2012-13 regular season was hampered by their premature playoff exit
in the first round against the Grizzlies
. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and company hope to take the next step under former Celtics coach Doc Rivers. The Clippers also added firepower with sharpshooter J.J. Redick, veteran Jared Dudley, and local UCLA product Darren Collison. In hopes of remaining the top team in Los Angeles
, the Clippers open their season on 10/29 against the Lakers
3/26/13 - The Clippers are making a statement as the ‘it’ team this year in Los Angeles. Not only have they sealed a playoff berth before the Lakers, they also tally 12 more wins than their rival and sit atop the Pacific Division. Tickets to watch the two LA teams play for the last time this regular season are averaging 5-times that of any other game left on the Clippers schedule at Staples Center. The race to the postseason is tight with the Clippers, Nuggets, and Grizzlies fighting for the 3 seed in the Western Conference. The pressure is on to finish strong down the stretch starting with the next four away games. Both the Clippers and Lakers will be on the road this weekend due to the NCAA Tournament - West Regional.
Los Angeles Clippers 2013 Season
For the longest time in terms of pro basketball, Los Angeles has been a Laker town; but these days, call it Lob City, as LA's "other" team, the Clippers have finally emerged from the shadows and claimed a spot in the championship discussion. Leading the Clipper charge is Blake Griffin, who puts the power in "power forward" with his thunderous dunks and strong play around the basket; he's averaging 18.5 points and 8.7 rebound per game in 2013. Getting him the ball is point guard Chris Paul, whose acquisition before the 2011-12 season went a long way to cementing the Clips new-found confidence. Supporting the cast are DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford, along with role players such as Chauncey Billups, Matt Barnes, Grant Hill, and former Laker, Lamar Odom
As a team, this crew is among the league leaders in both points scored per game and points allowed per game; if there is a dent in the Clippers armor, it's that they're just average in terms of rebounds per game. Coach Vinny Del Negro has been calling most of the right shots, and the seats at Los Angeles's famed Staples Center have slowly but surely been changing from yellow-clad Laker fans to newly-created red-jerseyed Clipper followers, who are finally riding the wave of long-desired success, and dreaming of deep playoff runs for years to come. Clippers tickets at Staples Center average $155, with cheap Los Angeles Clippers tickets under $15 in the 300 level. Blake Griffin's popularity has the Clippers as one of the ten most popular NBA road teams this season. Away from Staples, Clips tickets average $115 — a $40 per ticket savings compared to home games. What's the hottest Clippers ticket in Hollywood? You might see the stars at these upcoming games on the Clippers schedule: Oklahoma City Thunder,
New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and Los Angeles Lakers.