Before 2013-14, the Clippers had been in the playoffs in three consecutive seasons only once in franchise history. That accomplishment occurred in the 1970’s when the franchise was in Buffalo. For the first time since the Clippers moved to California, the team is now in the postseason three straight years. Interestingly, this streak was under two different coaches. In 2012 and 2013, Vinny Del Negro led the Clippers to early exits in the playoffs. They advanced further in 2012 than in 2013, but the best the team did was making it to the Western Conference Semifinals where the San Antonio Spurs swept Los Angeles. The Clippers have begun a new era with Doc Rivers as he approaches his first postseason in Los Angeles.
Although Los Angeles Clippers playoff tickets have among the highest NBA playoff premiums in 2014, the excitement of Clippers basketball is worth the price. There are 10,324 tickets available on the secondary market to see first-round games at Staples Center. The average price of those tickets is $317.17, which is 147.98 percent more than the regular-season price of $127.90.
Rivers brings quite a few years of postseason experience to Los Angeles. He made the playoffs in each of his final six seasons with the Boston Celtics, and he owns a 64-57 career postseason record. In addition, Rivers coached the 2008 Celtics to the championship and returned to the NBA Finals in 2010. He looks to make his third run to the Finals in 2014.
If the Clippers’ offense continues to produce as it did during the regular season, then they will be very successful in the playoffs. When the Clippers are playing at home, they give their crowd a show. They barely ever score in double digits at Staples Center, which means you will always have an exciting game when you head into Los Angeles for a playoff contest.
During the regular season, the Clippers were one of the best teams at holding on to leads, but are not the best at fourth-quarter comebacks. However, the playoffs can be a completely different situation. On April 29, 2012, the Clippers were in Memphis for Game 1 of their first-round series. Los Angeles was down by as many as 27 points, but the Clippers rallied to beat the Grizzlies, 99-98.