LA Clippers: Don’t overreact tomorrow regardless of outcome

LA Clippers (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)
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With the spotlight on the LA Clippers on opening night, fans need to remember that they shouldn’t overreact regardless of what happens.

In a little more than 24 hours, the LA Clippers will take the court for the first regular-season game of the 2019-20 season. Their opponent, the Los Angeles Lakers, is touted as one of the preseason favorites to win the NBA championship. The game has been marketed as the first in the “Battle of LA” and the media will obviously swarm around this story no matter what the final score shows.

As fans, we need to remember that there is no point in overreacting. Tomorrow night may feel big and we will all certainly talk trash on Twitter and to any fans we know leading up to the game, but keep in mind that this is just one of 82 games.

If the Clippers win, everything is cool. They beat another team who happens to be in the same conference. Maybe you’ll see them beating two top-ten superstars as proof that we are championship bound. But hey, it’s just the first game. Teams are still going to be feeling themselves and each other out. The Lakers have a lot more roster turnover than the Clips, so it’s expected that they are still trying to figure out how to play together. They also have a new coach, so rotations are likely still being adjusted.

A win is great and is definitely how we want the season to start, but as fans, let’s not jump all over Lakers Twitter to talk trash. We are better than that.

On the other hand, if the Lakers win, don’t be too down. The LA Clippers are playing with only one of their superstars. Kawhi Leonard will be ready to go tomorrow, but Paul George won’t likely be back until November. The superstar power of the Lakers may not be matched in this particular outing. They also may just play a better game. There are literally a ton of reasons the Clips (or any team, for that matter) could drop their first game of the year. Sure, we may get bombarded online and people will question whether or not we really are contenders, but none of it is really serious.

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As fans, we have a responsibility to be smart and not reactionary. Opening night will give us some glimpses at how this team will play, but until a good chunk of the season is done, we should try our best not to jump to any conclusions. Tomorrow night, try not to worry or get too high on the team. Just be happy that the LA Clippers are back.