When: Fri., Dec. 18, 7 p.m. 2015
After knocking off the Spurs in the opening round of last season’s playoffs, Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers appeared poised to shake off the their franchise’s long-standing losing stigma. An embarrassing collapse against the Houston Rockets in the Conference Semifinals halted that momentum, followed by the DeAndre Jordan free agency drama with the Dallas Mavericks, which looked bad for everyone involved. As the Golden State Warriors play at a historic pace, and the reloaded Spurs continue gelling earlier than anticipated, the Clippers have somehow become an afterthought in the West. With Jordan and Blake Griffin in the frontcourt and Doc Rivers on the bench, the Clippers remain a formidable foe, but Tony Parker usually delivers against his buddy CP3.