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|Colours:||Red, blue, black, silver & white|
|Hall of Famers:||Bill Walton, Bob McAdoo, Moses Malone, Dominique Wilkins, Adrian Dantley, Jamaal Wilkes & Grant Hill|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||Jack Ramsay, Larry Brown & Bill Fitch|
|Rivals:||Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies & Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Legends:||Bob McAdoo, Randy Smith, World B. Free, Elton Brand, Corey Magette, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan & Elton Brand|
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Founded in 1970, as the Buffalo Braves, the franchise entered the league as one of three expansion teams to join the NBA prior to the 1970-71 season. It was a rough introduction to the league for the Braves, posting consecutive 22-60 seasons in 1970 and 1971, however their fortune began to change when future Hall of Famer Jack Ramsay became the team’s third coach in as many seasons.
Ramsay’s take over coincided perfectly with the selection of Bob McAdoo in the 1972 NBA draft. Although he took out the Rookie of the Year award for the 1972-73 season, McAdoo and the Braves only managed to win 21 games.
Aggravated with the frustration of losing, McAdoo led the team to its first ever winning season (42-40) in just his second year, averaging 30.6 points and 15.1 rebound per game, and claiming his first of three-consecutive league scoring titles.
McAdoo became the Braves first NBA MVP in 1974-75, leading the league with a career high 34.5 points per game. Despite McAdoo’s incredible output the Braves never made it past the conference semifinals.
McAdoo was traded to the New York Knicks in December of 1976, to continue his Hall of Fame career. In 334 games with Buffalo, McAdoo averaged 28.2 points, 12.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.1 steals, claiming three scoring titles and is still the franchise’s only league MVP.
As the result of sour ownership relationships and arena arrangements in Buffalo, the Braves roster was decimated. However, California resident Irv Levin threw the franchise a lifeline, swapping his shares in the Boston Celtics with Braves ownership, and relocating the Braves to San Diego, renaming the team the San Diego Clippers.
The name ‘Clippers’, in reference to the city being known for the great sailing ships that passed through San Diego Bay. The Clippers had a great first season in California, surprising the league posting a 43-39 record in their first season on the West coast, missing the playoffs by 2 games.
Despite adding former champion and MVP Bill Walton, the Clippers on field struggles continued, not posting another winning season from their next five in San Diego. Donald Sterling bought the team in 1981 and in 1984 moved the Clippers north to Los Angeles without league approval. Sterling was subsequently fined $25 million by the NBA for violating league rules with the league demanding the franchise be returned to San Diego.
After threats to dissolve the franchise if he did not comply, Sterling then filed a lawsuit of his own against the league for $100 million, eventually dropping it when the league allowed him to keep the team in Los Angeles, decreasing his fine to $6 million. Thus, the birth of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Since leaving Buffalo, that first season in San Diego was the Clippers winning season, a streak that continued until the 1991-92 season, after posting a 45-37 record. Despite having three head coaches that season, the Clippers had their first superior record to the Los Angeles Lakers, and was the franchise’s first playoff appearance since being in Buffalo.
Even with back to back playoff appearances in the early 90’s, the Clippers would have to wait until 2006 to record their first playoff series victory since the days of the Buffalo Braves, beating the Denver Nuggets in the first round after a 45-37 season.
What followed was another five losing seasons, including a 19-63 record in the 2008-09 season which resulted in the Clippers being awarded the 1st pick in the 2009 NBA draft, where they selected Blake Griffin.
In 2011, the Clippers traded for All Star point guard Chris Paul and the ‘Lob City’ era was born. Boston’s 2008 Championship coach Doc Rivers, took over as the head coach in LA in 2013, and is still in the position today.
From 2011 to 2017 Paul, Griffin and a variety of veteran role players including DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford, Eric Bledsoe and JJ Reddick led the Clippers to six consecutive postseasons.
Unfortunately the Clippers never even made the Western Conference finals during this time, but was certainly the most successful Clippers era to date. The Clippers only missed the playoffs for one season before bouncing back in 2018-19, led Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams and a rounded team effort.
In the most recent offseason, the Clippers acquired free agent and reigning finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, as well as trading away a bundle of players and picks to recruit Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder, arguably the two best two way players in the league. In the Covid-19 interrupted season, Leonard and George led the Clippers to the second best record in the Western conference, winning 48 of their 71 games.
The Clippers defeated the Dallas Mavericks in the first round and found themselves up 3-1 against the Denver Nuggets in the second round. It was all downhill from there, with the Clips losing the next three games to go down in seven.
This brought questions surrounding Kawhi’s leadership and George’s ability to play in the postseason, resulting in the team parting ways with Doc Rivers and hiring his lead assistant, Ty Lue, as new head coach.
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Tyronn Lue is an NBA title winning Head Coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2016), and has an overall coaching record of 141-88 (.616) at the time of writing.
Lue had great success at the Cavaliers, winning a title in his rookie NBA Head Coach season, and making the finals on a further two occasions, both times losing to the Golden State Warriors. Lue obviously had LeBron James at his disposal, and will now have stars Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George to deploy at the Clippers.
Expectations will be high with that sort of star power on the roster, and it will be up to Lue to get the best out of his two All-NBA level talents, with the pressure sure to mount if the Clippers fail in the Playoffs again, as they did in the 2020 postseason.
Leonard is a rare talent, with the 2x NBA Champion, 2x NBA Finals MVP, and 4x All-Star set to embark on year number 10 in the league, with his eyes firmly on another trip to the Finals with this Clippers team.
Kawhi averaged 27.1 points per game last season (8th in the league) and maintained his trademark elite defensive output on the other end of the floor. He performed well in the playoffs individually, even though the team disappointingly crashed out in the second round.
Questions will be asked if the same thing happens in 2021, with the high achieving Leonard undoubtedly expecting his teammates to step up in the postseason this time around.
Six time NBA All-Star Paul George is the obvious next best player on the Clippers, brought in as a second star alongside Kawhi Leonard as the Clippers seek to contend for a title.
George averaged 21.5 points per game (19th in the league) after recovering from shoulder surgery, and generally performed well alongside Leonard. However, his wildly inconsistent performances in the Playoffs attracted harsh criticism, as his play was not at his usual high standards, and the Clippers crashed out in the second round against a less-fancied Denver Nuggets team.
George will be looking to bounce back in the 2021 season, and if he can put his Playoff woes behind him, he is a scary second option behind Kawhi Leonard.
The Clippers were favoured to win the 2019-20 NBA Championship and they are now second favourite to win the title this upcoming season. Their 2020-21 Championship odds opened at +500 and just before the draft in mid-November, their odds improved to +450.
The Clips finished last season with the third best record against the spread, sitting at 40-31. The were a consistent team regardless of venue, being 19-16 at home and 21-15 on the road.
Known for the defense, with Leonard, George and Pat Beverly to cause havoc, more games went under for the Clippers. Their record in totals markets was 34-36-1, being 17-17-1 at home and 17-19 on the road.
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Why did the Clippers move to Los Angeles?
In 1984, owner Donald Sterling uprooted the Clippers from San Diego, moving the team to Los Angeles, despite not having league approval to do so.
When did the Los Angeles Clippers move cities?
The Clippers moved to San Diego in 1978 and Los Angeles in 1984.
Where do the Los Angeles Clippers play?
The Los Angeles Clippers play their home games at the Staple Center.
Who owns the Los Angeles Clippers?
Steve Balmer has been the majority owner of the Clippers since 2014.
When did the Clippers move to Los Angeles?
The Clippers relocated to Los Angeles in 1984, relocating from San Diego.
Have the Los Angeles Clippers won an NBA Championship?
The Los Angeles Clippers have never won an NBA championship.
Who is the Los Angeles Clippers coach?
Tyronn Lue is the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Lue was hired during the 2020 offseason after being lead assistant for the team during the 2019-20 season.
Do the Los Angeles Clippers play tonight?
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What is the Los Angeles Clippers record?
The Los Angeles Clippers had a 49-23 win-loss record for the 2019-20 NBA season.
Did the Los Angeles Clippers win last night?
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How much is the Los Angeles Clippers worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Clippers are worth $2.6 billion.
Who do the Los Angeles Clippers play tonight?
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How to watch the Los Angeles Clippers?
You can catch the Los Angeles Clippers in action through NBA TV, NBA League Pass, or on TV such as ESPN, Fox Sports Southeast.
Will the Los Angeles Clippers make the playoffs this year?
The Los Angeles Clippers played in the 2020 NBA playoffs, as they finished with a 49-23 record, second best record in the Western Conference.
When do the Los Angeles Clippers play?
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Where did the Los Angeles Clippers finish the season?
The Los Angeles Clippers finished the 2019-20 NBA season with the second best record in the Western Conference.
How many games did the Los Angeles Clippers win?
The Los Angeles Clippers won 49 games during the 2019-20 NBA season.
What are the NBA expert picks for the Los Angeles Clippers?
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