The Clippers don’t view their season opener Thursday night in Portland against the Trail Blazers as a revenge game.
Rather, they see it as the first step toward their ultimate goal of winning the franchise’s first NBA championship.
Portland is where the Clippers’ season ended last spring in yet another playoff disappointment, as they were eliminated in Game 6 of the first round.
The Clippers suffered some unfortunate injuries in that series, but the team summoned a resolve few would have expected under the circumstances.
They lost Chris Paul because of a broken right hand and Blake Griffin with a left quadriceps tendon injury in Game 4....