Merry Christmas everyone! Hope everyone is having a great Christmas Day.
Since moving to Los Angeles, the Clippers have a record between the days of December 21 and 27 of:
Looking back on some recent stories that have happened between these dates, it’s worth highlighting that the Clippers have played in 3 straight Christmas Day games and are proceeding with their fourth tonight.
Additionally, the Clippers are playing 4 games between 12/21 and 12/27. The Clippers have done this seven times. Their combined record when playing four games during this stretch is:
So with 2 losses already this week, perhaps we have 2 wins to look forward to?
On December 27, in an otherwise uneventful season that witnessed the Clippers at 9-22, the Clippers played the Kings in Sacramento. Leading by 3 and 1.9 seconds left, Ryan Gomes had the genius idea of fouling Tyreke Evans on a 3-point shot. After making the first two free throws, Evans missed the last one, giving the Clippers (oddly) their third straight road win at 100-99.
The Clippers tipped their strike-shortened season off against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day. The Clippers won 105-86. In his first real/regular season game as a Los Angeles Clipper, Chauncey Billups had 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. He did however go 6-19 from the field, including 3-10 from three. DeAndre Jordan was a bright spot though with 8 blocks.
The Clippers finished December 27 off in style with their 15th win a row, defeating the Boston Celtics 106-77 at home. The Clippers improved to 23-6. The game was also notable when Paul Pierce surpassed Elgin Baylor as the 24 all-time scorer in the NBA. Today Pierce is #16 on that list and Elgin Baylor is #28.
It's a game we're going to get constantly reminded about today and one that is pretty infuriating to all Clippers' fans. But it still is worth remembering (like remembering the Alamo I guess?). On December 25th, the Clippers tilted off against the Warriors in a game that witnessed Blake Griffin ejected for what the League admitted as a mistake by the referees. The game ultimately was a 103-105 loss in NorCal.
And there you have it.
Hope this Christmas is filled with (favorable) memories!