5 key things to look out for in Clippers’ 2015 season opener

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Nov 2, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) attempts to move the ball defended by Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 98-92. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

When you’re looking for a basketball fix, the summer is by far the worst time of the year. However, now that we know the Los Angeles Clippers’ schedule for the 2015-16 NBA season, we know exactly what games we can start to look forward to. So, in order to begin our early preparation for the season opener against the Sacramento Kings on October 28, here’s a breakdown of five key things to look out for as the Clippers begin their ’15-16 campaign.

After making so many signings during free agency, and trading Matt Barnes and Spencer Hawes in exchange for Lance Stephenson, Doc Rivers made an awful lot happen with hardly any money available to do so.

It’s really quite remarkable when looking back at the summer the Clippers have had. And it’s made even more remarkable when remembering the week of DeAndre Jordan’s major change of heart to ditch his verbal agreement with the Dallas Mavericks and stay in Los Angeles.

That’s all in the past now, though. As the 2015-16 season approaches (far too slowly), we can start considering some new questions surrounding the Clippers. How will the new bench work together? Will Jamal Crawford leave? Will the max-man that is DeAndre begin his season with a bang against an elite center like DeMarcus Cousins?

The first game of the season can give us an indication of what to expect. It’s only one game, but it’s a first glimpse at how the Clippers have come together over the rest of the offseason at the very least.

Now let’s see what five key things we should be looking out for.