Maybe it's a good thing for the
They have played their best recently against high-end competition, throttling the defending
Meanwhile, the Clippers had to slog through narrow victories over the rebuilding
So perhaps they should give three hearty cheers for a stretch of their schedule that includes four road games in five days, starting Thursday against the resurgent
The Clippers' final game before the weeklong All-Star break will be Feb. 11 at Staples Center against the
"We have what, five games left and four of them on the road?" Clippers Coach
The Clippers (33-16) are 2-2 midway through their eight-game
"We let two get away that we shouldn't have," small forward
The climb might be especially steep if
Rivers said Redick's status would be determined by how he's feeling, not how hard of a stretch the Clippers are facing.
"We've got to make sure he's healthy," Rivers said. "His back is too important for us."
So is sustained success in a conference where long winning streaks don't guarantee a rise in the standings but one defeat can result in a precipitous drop.
That's why the final half of the Grammy trip carries even more significance than usual.
"It's very important," Clippers forward Blake Griffin said. "It could put us in a good position, not only give us confidence going into the All-Star break with one game at home left. These next four games are huge."
Big buddy time
Win or lose, the Clippers will take part in at least one feel-good story line Thursday in Cleveland.
Jack Gallagher, the eighth-grader who has forged a friendship with
Gallagher will meet with Paul and Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, who recently sent the teenager from Erie, Pa., a package including a signed jersey and a note telling him he would never be alone.
Gallagher's mother, Lisa, died in September of complications from glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. The Gallagher family produced a tribute video that showed Jack placing one of his CP3 model shoes on Lisa's grave, sparking his friendship with Paul after the All-Star watched the video.