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Clippers and Raptors clinch best records in franchise history, Spurs next?


With their 117-105 win over the Nuggets last night, the Clippers won their 57th game of the season – clinching a franchise record for winning percentage. It’s a standard the Clippers have broken each of the last three years:

  • 2013-14: 57-24 (.704
  • 2012-13: 56-26 (.683)
  • 2011-12: 40-26 (.606)
  • 1974-75: 49-33 (.598)

The Raptors (48-33) already clinched their franchise-best mark, besting a couple 47-35 seasons (2000-01 and 2006-07).

Somewhat surprisingly, the Bobcats (42-39) can’t break their franchise record – 44-38 in 2009-10.

But the Spurs (62-19) can if they beat the Lakers tonight. A 63-19 record would match their high-water mark in 2005-06.

That had me wonder: How many years feature three of the best records in a franchise’s history?

So far, counting ties, three:


Last season, the Nuggets, Grizzlies and Heat had their best records ever. In 1995-96, the Bulls, Magic and Thunder (as the Seattle SuperSonics) saw their franchise highs.

Of course, more teams play now than ever. Before 1995-96, the Raptors never even had a chance to set their franchise high. That’s why the results are geared toward 2004-05 and beyond, since the Bobcats have given the NBA 30 teams.

But I enjoy watching a team – and its fanbase – as it pursues new heights. Toronto has rallied around these Raptors, and the Clippers bandwagon is sure filling up. It doesn’t matter to me whether the number of times it happens league-wide is influenced heavily by expansion.

It’s just cool to see.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.