With Blake Griffin, the number one pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, joining All-Star point guard Baron Davis, the Los Angeles Clippers open the 2009-10 NBA season on Tuesday, October 27 at STAPLES Center in an away game against the defending NBA Champion and city rivals the Los Angeles Lakers at 7:30 p.m. on TNT.
The Clippers kick-off the home portion of their schedule the next night, October 28 against Phoenix. Los Angeles hosts seven of their first 10 games at STAPLES Center, highlighted by Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks coming to Los Angeles on Halloween Night, October 31 and Chris Paul and New Orleans playing at STAPLES Center on November 9.
The Clippers will play 22 sets of back-to-back games in 2009-10, up from the 21 sets of back-to-back contests last season. The Clippers have six road trips of three games or more this season, with the longest road stretch of the season being an eight-game trek from January 21 – February 3 that includes stops in Denver, Boston, Cleveland and Chicago. Los Angeles also embarks on a five-game trip starting December 16 and culminating in a Christmas Day contest in Phoenix broadcast live on ESPN, marking the first Christmas Day game for the Clippers since 1992. The Clippers final five-game road-trip of the season goes from March 6 – March 13, beginning in Utah and ending in San Antonio.
This season, the Clippers have 13 games featured on national television, appearing three times on TNT, five times on ESPN and five times on NBA TV. Other highlights of the schedule include a visit from LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 16 as well as a match-up with Dwight Howard, Vince Carter and the defending Eastern Conference Champion Orlando Magic December 8. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics come to town December 27, while the Clippers host their first contest against the Lakers on Wednesday, January 6.
Los Angeles faces every team in the Western Conference a total of four times (two home and two away), with the exception of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks, who they will play three times each.
With reduced prices on all 2009-10 game plans, the Clippers announced that group tickets for all games, as well as partial plan schedules that include half-season, 12, eight and four game packages are currently available. Eight-game partial plans include both Clippers-Lakers contests, while 12-game partial plans feature lower level seating.