Quick reaction to the LA Clippers’ 2019-2020 schedule

Tanya Simon
August 13, 2019

11 with his Los Angeles Clippers in what will be sure to be an emotional night (though not for the ever-stoic Leonard), while Green doesn't come back to town with LeBron James and the Lakers until March 24, about a week after the runner-up Golden State Warriors make their lone Toronto appearance. March 5 - Finals rematch, but in a different arena, with Golden State's move to San Francisco. They have some history, and now they're going to team up with LeBron James.

Other "return" games involving C.J. Miles and the Washington Wizards on December 20, Delon Wright and the Dallas Mavericks on December 22 and Jonas Valanciunas and the Memphis Grizzlies on March 30. January 20 - Martin Luther King Day game in Atlanta.

A season-ending road trip to Miami and Orlando on April 14 and 15.

December figures to be a hard stretch for the Clippers as well, as three of the team's back-to-backs will be played during the month.

The longest homestand of the season is four games from February 21-28.

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Toronto has six games on ESPN and five on TNT. The NBA announced the league schedule on Monday. No team will play eight games in 12 days, either, though there are 19 instances of teams having to play five times in a span of seven days.

For a fifth consecutive season, back-to-backs are at a historic low, with teams averaging 12.4 this season, down from 13.3 last season. It's a reversal of last season, which began with the Sixers visiting the Celtics in Boston (with the Cs winning).

Boston will have 25 games broadcast on national channels, starting with their season opener in Philadelphia to face former Celtic Al Horford and the 76ers on October 23.

The NBA has also taken into consideration fans on the eastern side of the continent who might not want to stay up past midnight watching the higher-profile west coast teams play. The Clippers have a franchise-record 26 national TV games, third-most in the NBA behind the Lakers (31) and Warriors (30), after acquiring Kawhi Leonard and Paul George this summer. The overall number of 10:30 p.m. ET starts on national TV was reduced from 57 to 33, with the Warriors playing only 11 times at 10:30 p.m.

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