The LA Clippers acquired Kawhi Leonard and Paul George this offseason, so it’s no wonder their 2019-20 schedule features a few more national TV games than last year’s three.
The NBA released it’s 2019-20 regular season schedule for all teams on Monday, and the title-favorite Clippers are one of the teams to really watch. LA has been given a grand total of 38 national TV games this season, which includes four ABC games, 11 ESPN games, 11 TNT games, and 12 NBA TV games.
The Clippers will tip off their regular season at home against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 22nd before traveling to San Francisco to take on the Golden State Warriors in their home opener on October 24th. The Clippers will play seven of their first 10 games at home, including games against the defending Conference champion Warriors and Raptors (on November 11th).
The Clippers will travel long and far to take on the Lakers on the road for their Christmas Day matchup at 5PM PST.
LA will play 13 back-to-back sets throughout the season and travel a total of 46,333 miles. The team’s longest road trip will be a six-game, 11-day road trip from January 18th to January 28th. The longest homestand for the Clippers will be the five-game stretch in the opening month from October 31st to November 11th.
The Clippers face every team in the Western Conference a total of four times with the exception of the Dallas Mavericks, the Denver Nuggets, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Portland Trailblazers, who they play three times each.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari will make their returns to Los Angeles as members of the Oklahoma City Thunder to take on the Clippers on Monday, November 18th at 7:30PM PST.
Additionally, Tobias Harris will make his return to Los Angeles as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers to take on the Clippers on Sunday, March 1st at 12:30PM PST on ABC.
After 12 of the first 17 Clippers games are played at home, they’ll get road heavy real quick, playing 13 of the following 18 games on the road.
The Clippers have a four-game, 10-day homestand to start January 2020. The odd part about it is that they have a game Sunday, Jan. 5th against the New York Knicks and will not play again until Friday, Jan. 10th against the Warriors.
Star Paul George has a lot of question marks surrounding his heath following surgery on both shoulders this offseason. Reports have him being ready possibly as early as the preseason and possibly as late the first six weeks of the regular season. That’ll be something to watch as Media Day, training camp, and the preseason inch closer.
With 13 back-to-back sets scheduled for the season, fans can expect to see both Leonard and George sit out at least one of those back-to-back sets unless they’re feeling really good. The team will tread carefully with George and his shoulders, but Leonard could be a bit of a different story.
During his introductory press conference, Leonard said he is at 100 percent health right now unlike the start of last season with the Toronto Raptors. He briefly said he’ll sit down with the coaching and training staff to discuss ‘load management’ rest days.