They have endured an eight-game trip, a stretch of four consecutive games in different time zones and another wobbly legged period that forced the team to construct a free-throw lane with tape inside the locker room so players could conduct a hurried walk-through.
The final portion of their regular-season schedule could force mouths agape … with giddy delight.
Of the five Western Conference teams packed together like a family of five inside a studio apartment — only two games separated the teams seeded second through sixth before Thursday's games — the Clippers easily have the easiest remaining schedule.
The Clippers (50-26) will play only two of their six remaining regular-season games against teams with winning records. Portland (48-26) and Houston (52-24) will play four games against above-.500 teams, and Memphis (51-24) will play five such games and San Antonio (49-26) six.
That strength-of-schedule discrepancy could help the Clippers climb as high as second in the standings or, at the very least, obtain home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Clippers are currently in fifth place, two games behind second-place Houston and 1 1/2 games behind Memphis.
That strength-of-schedule discrepancy could help the Clippers climb as high as second in the standings or, at the very least, obtain home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
"It's just talk, you know what I mean?" Rivers said Wednesday before his team rallied for a wild 126-122 victory over the
Perhaps the most entertaining moment during the Chris Paul-
Even Davis' coach laughed about it afterward.
"Baby, no comment," Rivers said, referring to Davis' nickname. "I just saw him flying. When I saw the refs look at me like, you've got to be kidding, I kind of had a feeling what happened."
Davis could be fined $5,000 after having already received a flop warning earlier this season.
Moving on out
Blake Griffin continues to extend the shooting range he had lost during his five-week layoff to have a staph infection removed from his right elbow.
The Clippers forward made two three-pointers as well two 20-foot jump shots and a 19-footer on the way to 24 points against Portland.
"I feel a lot more comfortable," said Griffin, who made 10 of 18, including his only two tries from three-point range. "The strength is pretty much there. Kind of where I expected to be at this point, so just trying to keep it that way."
The Clippers flew to Denver on Thursday and are expected to practice Friday before playing the