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Clippers to open practice facilities on Monday

Clippers, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George

Following the cue of their crosstown rivals Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers will also prepare for the possible continuation of the season by opening their practice facility on Monday.

The team’s Honey Training Center in Playa Vista, California will finally be allowed to re-open after a long two-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Clips are the latest NBA team to lift the protocol, following the Portland Trail Blazers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, and the Boston Celtics. The Lakers also opened the doors to its El Segundo facility on Saturday.

Per Sports Illustrated, all Clippers players tested negative from COVID-19, prompting the brass’ decision to allow players to complete team workouts and stay in shape.

The re-opening, of course, still has its sets of limitations, including restricting the number of players inside the facility. Coaches and trainers must also wear face masks and gloves at all times.

The development, meanwhile, bodes well for the Clips organization who were pegged as title favorites prior to the suspension of the 2019-20 regular season campaign.

The offseason acquisition of superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have resulted in to massive returns for LA.  The Clips amassed 44-20 slate and are in second place in the Western Conference standings behind the Lakers.

For sure, the Clippers would still treat the predicament with extreme caution since COVID-19 cases are still on the rise in Southern California. It also remains unclear when (and if) the season resumes or what format the league will follow when they do so.