The NBA released its 2017-2018 regular season schedule last week and that means one thing: tipoff is just around the corner. Let’s take a look at some of the more intriguing matchup scheduled for this season.
Oct. 19: LA Clippers @ LA Lakers
Opening night, battle for Los Angeles — do we need say more? Both sides made plenty of changes this offseason, and it’s the first time in a long while fans will get to see the Clippers without Chris Paul.
Despite this being just the first game of regular season, expect it to be physical and competitive. Both franchises are looking to take a step forward in the right direction and getting an opening night win on national television can make a difference.
Nov. 13: LA Clippers @ Philadelphia 76ers
The process has been in full effect in Philly for some time now, and the Clippers will get a chance to test themselves against a roster projecting to get better and better in the near future. Guys like Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz and Joel Embiid will get the attention, but watch for former Clipper J.J. Redick to be the variable that determines just how consistent they can be on offense.
Dec. 22: LA Clippers @ Houston Rockets
The Clippers really don’t get a chance to face Chris Paul until December? Patience is a virtue, and the Clippers will look to send a message the team can be just as good, if not better without the all-star point guard. Paul will also have a similar conviction, not wanting to lose to his former team. With so many former players on both sides, expect this one to get plenty of hype.
Jan. 15: Houston Rockets @ LA Clippers
Chris Paul returns to STAPLES Center. Given everything he did for the team over the past four seasons, it’ll be curious to see in what manner the franchise and its fans welcome him back.
Will the boo birds be flying?
Or will everything Paul has done for the community of LA overshadow his decision to leave the team?
Mar. 9: Cleveland Cavaliers @ LA Clippers
What kind of Cleveland Cavaliers team will even be on the floor in March?