After all, the arena rivals appear to be going in different directions, with the Clippers being on the rise and the Lakers at the crossroads for one of the few times in their storied history.
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The Lakers, on the other hand, aren't sure when
Still, the NBA has the Lakers on for 22 nationally televised games, giving the fans a chance to see what this team will be about.
The Clippers, who will play 10 of their first 16 games at Staples Center, play their home opener against the up-and-coming
Both the Clippers and Lakers play on Christmas. The Lakers will host the two-time defending NBA champion
The teams have other games with added significance.
When the Clippers play at the
The Lakers will face Howard for the first time of the season in Houston on Nov. 7. Howard played one season for the Lakers, leaving for less money with the Rockets.
The Clippers play at Miami on Nov. 7; the Lakers travel there Jan. 23.
Both teams will leave Los Angeles for seven games during the middle of January for the annual "Grammy trip."
The Clippers will be at New York on Jan. 17, followed by games at Indiana, Detroit, Charlotte, Chicago, Toronto, and Milwaukee on Jan. 27.
The Lakers will be at Phoenix on Jan. 15, then at Boston, Toronto, Chicago, Miami, Orlando, and New York on Jan. 26.
Clippers single-game tickets — about 1,000 for each home game — will go on sale Wednesday at noon at the Staples Center box office or through Ticketmaster.