Clippers look to build on start of something good

Associated Press Modified: October 24, 2012 at 11:19 am •  Published: October 24, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the rest of the Los Angeles Clippers are embracing increased expectations this season, another sign of a deep cultural shift in an organization that hasn't experienced back-to-back playoff berths in nearly 20 years.

The optimism is due in part to last season's success and the attitude of veterans Paul and Chauncey Billups, who have instilled a drive and a belief that was often lacking during the years when the Clippers were the laughingstock of the NBA.

Now they've assembled a deep roster of veterans to surround All-Stars Paul and Griffin, who are expected to play key roles in the team's success.

The Clippers open the season at home on Oct. 31 against Memphis.