The return of the NBA season is just over a month away, so today, the NBA announced the revised scheduled for the “bubble” teams in Orlando for the last eight games of the NBA season. Here are the games for the Clippers, with TV stations and times of games still only partially filled in.

Game 1 – Lakers, July 30 at 6:00 PM PT on TNT

Game 2 – Pelicans August 1 at 3:00 PM PT on ESPN

Game 3 – Suns, August 4 at 1:00 PM PT on NBA TV

Game 4 – Mavericks, August 6 at 3:30 PM PT on TNT

Game 5 – Trail Blazers, August 8 at 10:00 AM on TNT

Game 6 – Nets, August 9 at 6:00 PM PT on NBA TV

Game 7 – Nuggets, August 12 at 6:00 PM PT on ESPN

Game 8 – Thunder, August 14 at time TBD, TV Station TBD

The Clippers schedule is pretty damn great. The matchup against the Lakers will be tough, of course, but the Nuggets are the only other top 4 seed here. The Mavs and Thunder are pretty good as well, but the other four teams are some of the worst in the bubble. All of the teams present in Orlando are at least decent (outside of maybe the Wizards), but considering how tough some of the teams are, this schedule is not bad at all, and should give the Clips the lead for the 2 seed.

With the schedule released, we can start thinking about matchups, game previews, and potentially vital contests for playoff seeding. All that and more coming over the next month on 213Hoops!

3 Comments

  • Avatar Eric Lubliner says:

    Hello all – I’ve been away for a while!

    I just finished the Podcast where Rob & Shap talked about this. Their expected schedule was even lighter than this. Oh well.

    To analyze this: Clips had 18 games remaining. So that means 10 games were dropped from the schedule. Those included 12 against the 22-invited teams and 6 against non-invited teams. So of the 12 against invited teams, the schedule drops games against Pacers, Kings, Jazz and one of the Nets games. So overall the schedule looks OK, but I think it could have been easier. The had a high SOS when the season was put on hold, so they lost the advantage of looking forward to weak teams such as the Knicks, GSW and Charlotte.

    Of the four invited teams LAC will miss, only the Jazz are really tough. The Pacers, Kings and Nets are not walk-overs, but relative to the 22 bubble teams, they are missing some winnable games. So the schedule is not a “favor” to the Clippers. But I’ll take it.

  • Avatar chogokin says:

    I’m so psyched for the season to start again! I haven’t heard anything about any Clippers players testing positive and/or wanting to sit out, so I’m cautiously optimistic about our chances.

    Also, on a semi-related note, I think Avery Bradley sitting out for the Lakers actually improves their team – if I were them, I’d much rather have those minutes distributed among Rondo, Caruso, and KCP.

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