After breaking down the month of February, we take a dive into the March portion of the Los Angeles Clippers’ 2018-2019 schedule.
Following a season of roster modifications, the Clippers will enter the forthcoming year with unacquainted faces. Despite falling short in the playoff race in the prior season, their accomplishment in the regular season symbolized Doc Rivers‘ most prosperous year as LA’s coach.
With their star forward, Blake Griffin, hamstrung by numerous injury issues, the Clippers were forced to pursue younger, more durable assets to cover his role. Further, season ending injuries to Patrick Beverley and Avery Bradley — accompanied by Danilo Gallinari‘s diverse set of hand and glute setbacks — dashed the Clippers’ playoff aspirations.
However, under Rivers’ supervision the Clippers amassed a commendable 42 wins. With the dawn of a new campaign, the Clippers must remain optimistic on their chances of remaining healthy. An injury free roster marks the knockout phases as a genuine possibility for the LA based franchise.
With the regular season schedule suggesting a tricky commencement to the year, clinicality against inferior teams could turn out to be decisive in how their season transpires. While possessing the talent to stay competitive, it would be irrational to expect Rivers to procure home court advantage moving into the business end of the year. However, classified as a fringe playoff candidate, concluding the qualifying phases between the sixth and eight positions seems to be a plausible outcome.
With a problematic schedule to begin the season, the inception of the new year will present the Clippers a fairly straightforward fixture list. As March approaches, the Clippers will elect to stay aloft of the 0.500 record and remain afloat in the playoff race. Without further ado, let’s move forward and breakdown LA’s March schedule coupled with their win-loss projections.