After participating in one of the strangest offseason exchanges in history involving center DeAndre Jordan and the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Clippers are ready to put the summer behind them and attack the NBA regular season. But first, as we switch to October, the Clippers are participating in the NBA’s preseason, which begins this weekend.
On October 2, the Clippers will face the Denver Nuggets at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California for their first preseason game. According to secondary ticket aggregator TiqIQ.com, Clippers tickets have an average price of only $44 and a get-in of $8 for the first taste of the next NBA season. With cheap tickets available, it’s an opportune time for out-of-town Clippers fans to take in a game on their home court. Hipmunk.com has Los Angeles flights and hotels near the Staples Center for fans to complete an NBA getaway before the regular season kicks off in less than a month.
Other games include the Clippers taking on the Toronto Raptors in their first preseason road game with an average price of $153.70 and a get-in price of $75, which is the most expensive affair from their preseason slate. The Clippers’ most expensive preseason game at the Staples Center unsurprisingly comes against the defending champion Golden State Warriors on October 20, which has an average price of $114.08 and a get-in price of only $15.
Along with re-signing Jordan, Los Angeles went out and inked one of the best late-game shooting guards in the NBA, Paul Pierce. Pierce may be on the last legs of his Hall-of-Fame worthy career, but the Clippers still believe he has a few clutch plays left in him to push them over the edge in the postseason. He also brings championship experience to a team that’s never won an NBA title, nor has even been to an NBA Finals. Pierce’s arrival could potentially change all of that, with how stacked the roster is.
Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Jordan, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford all return, as the Clippers return a majority of their core from last season. The NBA season can’t start soon enough, as Los Angeles wants to erase the bad taste of letting the Houston Rockets come back from a 3-1 deficit to end their 2014-15 season. With arguably their most talented team ever, this could indeed be a special campaign for The Clip Show.