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Los Angeles Clippers Tickets
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Bad luck and mediocrity have become closely associated with the Los Angeles Clippers. When the team joined the NBA in 1970, it was located in Buffalo and known as the Buffalo Braves. Buffalo enjoyed some success after drafting Bob McAdoo in 1972. McAdoo averaged 30.6 points and 15.1 rebounds -- the last NBA player to average 30 points and 15 rebounds in a season -- to lead the Braves to the playoffs for the first time in 1974. The team moved to San Diego and became the San Diego Clippers in 1978. The Clippers moved again to Los Angeles in 1984. They suffered 13 straight losing seasons until Larry Brown coached them to a 45-37 record in 1992 and helped the team reach the playoffs for the first time in 16 years. The Clippers have made just four total playoff appearances since leaving Buffalo.
Staples Center, Home to the Los Angeles Clippers
The Staples Center has been the home facility for the Los Angeles Clippers since opening in 1999. The 19,060-seat facility played host to six playoff games played by the Clippers in 2006. These included the sixth game of a Western Conference Semifinal series with the Phoenix Suns, a 118-106 Clippers win. The contest was the most significant played by the franchise since its days as the Buffalo Braves in 1976. The Staples Center also plays host to the Los Angeles Lakers, the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, and the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. The 2000 Democratic National Convention and the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships were also held here.
Los Angeles Clippers and the Western Conference
As a member of the Pacific Division in the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Clippers have a heated rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers, who happen to share the same arena. The team also competes against the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, and Sacramento Kings within the same division. Unlike the Los Angeles Lakers, the Clippers have yet to win a division, conference, or NBA title since joining the league in 1970.
Los Angeles Clippers 2012 Team Outlook
It is safe to say that the Los Angeles Clippers will go as far as Blake Griffin and Chris Kaman can take them during the 2011-12 season. Both are talented front-court players who can make the Clippers tough to deal with down around the basket. Griffin earned NBA Rookie of the Year honors last season and showed signs of being a franchise player for L.A. He averaged 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds per game to lead the team in both categories. Injuries limited Kaman to just 32 games. He still averaged 12.4, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game. If injuries are not as major of an issue as last season, look for the Clippers to sneak into a playoff spot.