The NBA released the schedules for the 2011-12 NBA season a little while ago, and, while there appears to be a strong chance that said schedule may be cut short (or completely wiped out) by the lockout, it’s still worth perusing over.
PS: Please come back, NBA. Baseball and preseason football are boring. OK, thanks. Love, Taylor.
Wednesday, Nov. 2, vs. Memphis Grizzlies
The Clips will open their season with a nice three-game homestand, starting with the Grizzlies.
The two teams split the season series last season 2-2, with the Clippers winning the final pair. This matchup will be fun up front, with Blake Griffin and Zach Randolph, two of the league’s elite forwards, squaring off.
The Grizzlies shocked the world (that’s right, the whole world) by coming to within one game of the Western Conference Finals last season, so they have some big-time aspirations. Maybe the Clippers can learn a thing or two.
Sunday, Nov. 6, vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
The return of Baron Davis! The Cavs did visit Staples Center once following the deadline deal that sent Baron to Cleveland for Mo Williams, but the Baron sat out with an injury.
LA is, of course, his home, so expect him to come out with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder for this one.
This, of course, will also mark the first time the Clippers will get a look at the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, Kyrie Irving.
Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Chicago Bulls
The Clips will follow-up their three-game homestand with a three-game Eastern road swing, starting in Chicago.
Last season’s MVP, Derrick Rose, will be looking to help the Bulls take it one step further, after falling to the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals last season.
The Clippers won their only game in the Windy City last season.
Sunday, Nov. 27, vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Clippers and Thunder both boast tons of offensive firepower and high-flying antics, which makes this a fun matchup.
Watching Eric Gordon and Russell Westbrook go mano-a-mano provides some glorious basketball theater.
Youthful exuberance everywhere!
Monday, Dec. 5, vs. Boston Celtics
The Celtics won in their only trip to Staples to face the Clippers last season, but the game wasn’t without its feistiness.
Kevin Garnett, one of the best post defenders of this generation, did a serviceable job in bottling-up Griffin, and strong offense vs. strong defense is always a pleasure to watch.
Friday, Dec. 9, at Dallas Mavericks
The Clips will get their first taste of the defending NBA champs in early December with a trip to Big D.
They didn’t enjoy any success against Dirk and company last year, going 0-3 with three fairly lopsided defeats.
Saturday, Dec. 17, at New York Knicks
The Clippers didn’t face the Knicks after the Carmelo Anthony trade went down, so they’ll get their chance to check-in on that all-offense-all-the-time experiment just before Christmas.
I can promise you this: Points will be scored.
Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Los Angeles Lakers
The in-building rivals will square-off for the first time when the Clippers “visit” the Lakers in late December.
The Clippers went 1-3 against the Lakers last season, but all-but one were hotly-contested.
Wednesday, Jan. 11, vs. Miami Heat
In the fourth game of a season-long nine-game homestand, the self-anointed “Big Three” comes back to town.
LA smacked the Heat around in their only visit to Staples last season, and fireworks will surely be on display, once again.
Saturday, Jan. 14, vs. Orlando Magic
Dwight Howard vs. Blake Griffin.
Somehow, I feel like a double-double will happen.
Wednesday, Jan. 18, vs. Dallas Mavericks
The champs make their only trip to town to face the Clippers on January 18.
Until the playoffs, that is.
Wednesday, Feb. 1, at New Jersey Nets
The last game the Clippers will play in New Jersey before the Nets move to Brooklyn.
This also kicks-off the annual Grammy road trip. An eight-game trip this time around.
Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Miami Heat
NBA Finals preview, anyone?
Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Sacramento Kings
Possibly the last trip to Sacramento to play the Kings. Hopefully, though, they can get that situation straight and get a new arena up there.
Thursday, Mar. 22, at New Orleans Hornets/Monday, Mar. 26, vs. New Orleans Hornets
The rare home-and-home with three days off in-between. Odd scheduling quirk here.
Wednesday, Apr. 18, at Golden State Warriors
This is the regular season finale. Hopefully, a tune-up before the Clippers’ first-round playoff series.
A man can dream, right?
About the Author
Written by Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith is a writer for the Los Angeles Clippers.