By Daron Grandberry on August 25, 2014
With new ownership in place, the Los Angeles Clippers can get back to basketball and put the past behind them. The 2014-15 season begins with some of the best teams in the Western Conference, and the Clippers will need to stay healthy in order to compete near the top. Here are five important early games on the Clippers' 2014-15 schedule.
The Clippers will begin the 2014-15 season on Oct. 30 when they host Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant and Russell Westbrook are always trouble no matter what time of the year it is, and Serge Ibaka loves to get physical in the post against the Clippers. Opening night will definitely be a game you don't want to miss.
The Clippers will play the first back-to-back of the season on Halloween night against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. Although the Clippers won three of four games against the Lakers last season, expect another physical matchup in the post. If the Clippers can outrun the Lakers and hit open shots, the Lakers might be in for a long night. Don't be surprised to see a close game.
After consecutive games to open the season, the Clippers will host DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 2. Staying healthy will be very important for the Clippers as they are thin in the post. Any time Cousins and Blake Griffin are going head-to-head, it's almost guaranteed to be a good game. The Clippers were 4-0 against the Kings last season. Expect former Clippers guard Darren Collison to help the Kings get off to a good start.
The Clippers will make their first official road trip of the season when they travel up north to play Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Nov. 5. The Warriors have a new head coach in Steve Kerr and are always a physical team against the Clippers. The Clippers will have their hands full with Curry and Klay Thompson, but they also have their share of outside specialists in Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick.
The Clippers will be looking to get even after dropping two of three regular season games against the Spurs last season. Whenever Tony Parker and Chris Paul face off, you can expect to see a great competition between two of the games best point guards. If the Clippers can keep Parker out of the lane and not allow any second-chance points, this early-season game should come down to the wire.
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