Top Home Games of 2013-14: No. 4 vs. LAC
Monday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.
Other 2013-14 games between these two teams
Wednesday, Dec. 18, New Orleans at Los Angeles
Saturday, March 1, New Orleans at Los Angeles
Wednesday, March 26, Los Angeles at New Orleans
Why it’s on the list
If you asked a New Orleans fan to recall the team’s most intense games from the past two seasons, it’s likely that several recent matchups against the Clippers would top the list. Whether it’s rooted in the teams’ December 2011 trade or otherwise, things have gotten a bit heated on the floor whenever the Clippers and New Orleans meet.
Through a combination of separate moves, the Clippers now have three players on their roster who’ve spent time in a New Orleans uniform, including All-Star point guard Chris Paul, his backup Darren Collison and veteran wing Willie Green. On the other side, the Pelicans have a pair of players who debuted in the NBA with the Clippers, shooting guard Eric Gordon and small forward Al-Farouq Aminu. Gordon and Aminu were both Los Angeles teammates in 2010-11 of current Clippers DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin.
Lastly, in a new connection between the squads, the Clippers’ head coach is now Doc Rivers, father of Pelicans guard Austin Rivers. The younger Rivers is 1-0 in games he’s played in vs. his dad, after winning at Boston last season.
What’s new in Los Angeles
Coming off the best regular season in team history, the Clippers did not rest on their laurels, beginning with a unique trade that brought in Rivers. Los Angeles also traded sought-after backup point guard Eric Bledsoe to Phoenix, in a three-team deal that yielded J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley, both accurate shooters. The Clippers replaced Bledsoe with Collison at backup point guard. The Clips also drafted shooting guard Reggie Bullock from North Carolina and picked up free agent 7-footer Byron Mullens for additional front-court depth.