After completing a 5-3 pre season record, battled through injuries to various players that included J.J. Redick, Darren Collison, Matt Barnes, and rookie Reggie Bullock, the Clippers now look forward to the regular season.
Head Coach Doc Rivers has high expectations for his Los Angeles Clippers teams, and knows that every team will be gunning for him and his players.
"I always look at everybody as the opponent. I really have a hard time trying to beat my opponent. It's not personal, but it's personal — always. It's the other teams, and after the Laker game, we're going to have another opponent. So yeah, that's how I look at it more."
The Clippers open up on the "road" against their hallway rivals the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night at Staples Center.
The Clippers won't have their home game until Halloween night against the Golden State Warriors.
Rivers and the Clippers will face the Lakers three more times after Tuesday night and his former Celtic team twice this season.
"I'm thinking about the West. That's what we have to focus on to get to the next level," said Rivers.
Rivers still gets estactic about Opening night, "it's just nice also for the players because it's real live basketball and you have a different opponent and now everything counts. So I think it's just a different vibe."
With Barnes, Redick, and Bullock back in the fold, the only piece missing is Collison. Currently nursing a knee injury, and the Clippers will need his speed and ball handling in the line up.
Collison about 75% ready, but is hopeful he'll be back on the court playing sooner than later.
All eyes will be on the Clippers Big 3 that consist of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan, who Rivers believes will be the best trio on the NBA this season.