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Clippings: Let the games begin!

The 2021-22 NBA season tips off tonight.

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LA Clippers Open Practice Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images

After the second-shortest offseason in recent memory, the NBA returns tonight with the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks receiving their rings in front of the Brooklyn Nets after the two teams met in a slugfest in the 2021 Eastern Conference semifinals. The league will also begin announcing its 75 greatest players tonight in honor of the 75th anniversary season.

The Clippers still have two days off before their season begins; they’ve been patiently waiting to suit up again since Oct. 11, when they were the first team to finish the preseason. The end of this 10-day pseudo-training camp can’t come soon enough.

Until the Clippers finally get on the court, there is plenty of content to catch up on to get ready for the season, starting with the SB Nation season preview, where we’ve divided the league up into tiers based on how committed they are to winning this year. Make sure to click through to the Clippers page for a look at how Paul George and Co. are projected to fare.

The SB Nation network also got together for season predictions, where we game out some awards and the ultimate results of this year’s playoffs. If you’re interested in seeing how well much of the same crew did with the 2020-21 projections, there is some excellent comedy to be mined there.

To participate more directly in our SB Nation content, sign up for Reacts to have your voice heard in our weekly NBA polls.

Finally, keep up with our player preview series here at Clips Nation, where we’ve been attempting to answer one over-arching question about everyone on the 15-man roster (with the exception of Kawhi Leonard and Jason Preston, both of whom figure to miss significant time to start the year).

Basketball is back! We’re happy to have you following along with us; it should be a great year.

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