Clippers Still LA’s Second Class

This is a pretty big week at Amway Center. Three Western Conference All Stars will be rolling in at a critical time for the Magic. It starts tonight with Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers making their only appearance in Orlando (sorry for the rain Craig Smith). It is quickly followed with Friday’s game against Chris Paul and the Hornets and Sunday’s ABC matinee against Kobe Bryant and the two-time defending champion Lakers.

Yeah, you should get your tickets now.

Personally, I am excited for all three games. Griffin is a rare athletic specimen who has such an incredible motor and will to outwork any of his opponents. Every time I have seen him, I have come away more and more impressed. And it is not just his dunking ability. He is a really good player. It should be exciting to see him go up against Dwight Howard and company tonight.

Griffin, who was named to the All Star team last week, has revitalized interest in the Clippers. Something the team has not really had since the days Elton Brand and Sam Cassel. The Clippers appear to be much more of an item ticket in L.A.

Just don’t tell that to opposing arenas… at least not yet.

According to TiqIQ, a sponsor for this blog, the average price for tickets on the secondary market for tonight’s game is $109. Sunday’s Lakers game has an average ticket price of $326, 298 percent more than the Magic average. Both games are selling above the Magic home average of $82 per game.

There are, as of one o’clock this afternoon, 178 tickets available for tonight’s game. As you can see in the chart above, the Lakers are still a top draw in the secondary market, while the Clippers are picking up some steam. But still, tickets to Sunday’s game will cost you 199 percent more than tonight’s game. Date and time have something to do with that for sure. But still, Griffin is quickly becoming a must-see player in the league and the Lakers sitll obliterate them in the secondary ticket market.

Griffin and his young Clippers have a long way to go to gain supremacy of the Staples Center. A long way to go.

There are plenty of seats still available for tonight’s game on TiqIQ. Most of them are in the 200 section in the corners. There are 46 tickets between $40 and $59 for tonight’s game in those areas and 42 seats across the 200 levels for less than $130 for Sunday’s games. 

Philip Rossman-Reich

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