SportsNation Blog ArchivesSN Blog Archives Los Angeles Clippers

Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images

2014-15 NBA schedule released

The 2014-15 NBA schedule is here, with some pretty sweet matchups highlighting the season's big days. The opening-night slate comprises Dallas Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Lakers. On Christmas, the Cleveland Cavaliers make their first trip to Miami since LeBron James left the Heat, while Western Conference titans Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs square off in Texas. It's all part of a regular season that promises to be compelling.

  • Which NBA opening-night game are you most looking forward to?

    •  
      59%
    •  
      41%

    Discuss (Total votes: 50,727)

  • Which Christmas Day game are you most looking forward to?

    •  
      4%
    •  
      15%
    •  
      61%
    •  
      12%
    •  
      8%

    Discuss (Total votes: 361,996)

  • Which of these is your favorite day of games during the NBA regular season?

    •  
      22%
    •  
      78%

    Discuss (Total votes: 50,295)

  • If you were a Heat fan, how would you welcome LeBron James when the Cavaliers play in Miami on Dec. 25?

    •  
      59%
    •  
      19%
    •  
      22%

    Discuss (Total votes: 302,445)

  • Which player's return from injury in 2014-15 is more intriguing?

    •  
      26%
    •  
      74%

    Discuss (Total votes: 73,527)

  • What do you make of the NBA giving teams a full week off around the All-Star break?

    •  
      84%
    •  
      16%

    Discuss (Total votes: 48,511)

  • How many regular-season NBA games do you usually attend per year?

    •  
      54%
    •  
      33%
    •  
      8%
    •  
      5%

    Discuss (Total votes: 47,362)

  • Which team will finish with the best regular-season record?

    •  
      9%
    •  
      29%
    •  
      36%
    •  
      16%
    •  
      10%

    Discuss (Total votes: 94,625)

Comment »

What is Clippers' future?

The future of the Los Angeles Clippers became clearer Tuesday, when the NBA announced that Steve Ballmer's $2 billion bid to purchase the team had been accepted and closed. Gone, pending appeal, is the controversial reign of Donald Sterling. Now the team moves forward, with a popular owner, a title-winning head coach in Doc Rivers and a talented core featuring Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. What do you expect from what long has been L.A.'s distant-second basketball franchise?

  • Will the Clippers ever challenge the Lakers for the title of most popular team in Los Angeles?

    •  
      44%
    •  
      56%

    Discuss (Total votes: 205,347)

  • How will the Clippers fare in 2014-15?

    •  
      12%
    •  
      50%
    •  
      29%
    •  
      4%
    •  
      5%

    Discuss (Total votes: 26,147)

  • Will the Clippers reach the NBA Finals with their current core?

    •  
      12%
    •  
      36%
    •  
      52%

    Discuss (Total votes: 64,918)

  • When will the Lakers next finish with a better record than the Clippers?

    •  
      29%
    •  
      42%
    •  
      29%

    Discuss (Total votes: 25,267)

Comment »

OKC-LAC controversial Game 5

The Thunder overcame a seven-point deficit with 49 seconds to play in Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead over the Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals. The game took a controversial turn when Oklahoma City was awarded a possession with 11.3 seconds remaining in the game on a ball Doc Rivers believed went out of bounds off a Thunder player. On the ensuing possession, Russell Westbrook was fouled by Chris Paul on a 3-point attempt, setting up what would turn out to be the game-winning free throw attempts. Did the officials cost the Clippers the game? How will the rest of the series play out?

  • Did the officials make the right call near the end of the Thunder-Clippers game, when the ball was deemed to go out of bounds off an L.A. player?

    •  
      33%
    •  
      67%

    Discuss (Total votes: 206,788)

  • Who is more to blame for the Clippers' Game 5 loss?

    •  
      55%
    •  
      45%

    Discuss (Total votes: 30,186)

  • Doc Rivers said he thinks the officials awarded a late possession to the Thunder near the end of Game 5 as a makeup call for missing a foul on Matt Barnes. Do you agree?

    •  
      72%
    •  
      28%

    Discuss (Total votes: 13,933)

  • Which better describes the Thunder in Game 5?

    •  
      73%
    •  
      27%

    Discuss (Total votes: 14,042)

  • Which duo would you rather have for the remainder of the Thunder-Clippers series?

    •  
      73%
    •  
      27%

    Discuss (Total votes: 13,469)

  • How will the Thunder-Clippers series play out? (Thunder lead 3-2)

    •  
      31%
    •  
      44%
    •  
      25%

    Discuss (Total votes: 79,904)

Comment »

Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

Clippers stun Thunder in Game 4

They trailed by 22 in the first quarter. They were down 16 in the fourth. And yet, with a stirring comeback, the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99 to tie their Western Conference semifinal series 2-2. Will the rally carry over into Game 5? How will the series play out?

How much momentum from the Clippers' 16-point fourth-quarter comeback will carry over to Game 5 in Oklahoma City?

  •  
    32%
  •  
    51%
  •  
    17%

Discuss (Total votes: 45,288)

  • How will the Thunder-Clippers series play out? (Tied 2-2)

    •  
      17%
    •  
      51%
    •  
      7%
    •  
      25%

    Discuss (Total votes: 192,098)

  • Which team will win the Western Conference?

    •  
      37%
    •  
      30%
    •  
      21%
    •  
      12%

    Discuss (Total votes: 107,670)

Comment »

NBA Pick 'Em -- OKC vs. Clippers

Stars (Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin). Hungry fan bases. All in all, evenly matched teams. And this is just the second round for the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers. Which team has the advantage in the key position groups? Which will win their Western Conference semifinals series?

More: Pacers-Wizards | Heat-Nets | Spurs-Blazers

  • Which team has the advantage in the frontcourt?

    •  
      38%
    •  
      62%

    Discuss (Total votes: 12,296)

  • Which team has the advantage in the backcourt?

    •  
      53%
    •  
      47%

    Discuss (Total votes: 12,209)

  • Which team has the advantage off the bench?

    •  
      33%
    •  
      67%

    Discuss (Total votes: 11,712)

  • Which team will win the Western Conference semifinal series between the Thunder and Clippers? (Clippers lead 1-0)

    •  
      42%
    •  
      58%

    Discuss (Total votes: 158,547)

Comment »