The Clippers were the last NBA team to lose at home in their first three games of the season.
Now that they’ve got their first game under their belt, they’ll be asked to do it again.
With Blake Griffin gone, it’ll be the Clippers second home game against a team they haven’t beaten in the playoffs since the 2009-10 season.
But the Clippers will also be playing against the Warriors in their third game of the regular season, and there’s no guarantee they’ll get much rest, either.
There’s a chance that their opening night home game will feature their starting five of DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford, Chris Paul, and Griffin.
Those four players were expected to be starting players for the Clippers, and their presence could be huge.
Jordan is the only other NBA player on the team who could be counted on to start at point guard.
He has averaged 20.3 points, 6.7 assists, and 2.6 rebounds in 29 games this season, all of which have come in the first half.
Crawford is the Clippers best player, averaging 15.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game.
Paul is also the only player on this team who can consistently defend multiple positions, and he’s had a terrific season with 14.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2 steals, and two blocks per game in 36 games.
That’s a lot of shooting and rebounding.
But they’ve struggled to make shots off the dribble, and they’ve been struggling to defend the ball.
The Warriors, on the other hand, have been playing more defensive sets than the Clippers have, and that’s helped them.
Curry has been the only point guard on the Warriors to have at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in the season opener.
The only other point guard who’s averaged at least 15 points and 12 rebounds in a game this season is Andre Iguodala, who played in three games this year.
The Clippers will be facing the Warriors without their top three scorers and without the kind of scoring the Warriors are known for.
So, what to watch?
It’s not as if they haven to worry about that, because the Clippers are just a game away from becoming the first team in NBA history to win five games at home.
They’ll have to win three games to get there, though.
They’re still far from a lock to do that, and this is a team that can lose at any point during the regular campaign.
They still have a few games left, though, and those games will help them get a feel for how their offense will be and what it’ll take to get them to the playoffs.
They’ve won 10 of their last 12 games on the road.
The playoffs are just months away, and it’s hard to predict just how well this team will do, especially since they’re so far from the top of the standings.
But, barring a few more games and a miracle, the Clippers could be a legitimate contender in the West, and should be one of the best teams in the NBA.