It was a trip that provoked angst in August, seven months before the
"As you get the schedule in the summer and you kind of glance over it," shooting guard
Four of five teams the Clippers will play on their 10-day, five-city trip that starts Tuesday in San Antonio are probably headed to the playoffs. Houston has won five of its last six games against the Clippers, including the final three games of an epic comeback in the Western Conference semifinals last spring.
Memphis has four former Clippers —
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"It's as difficult as you can get," Redick said, "and we're still waiting on Blake [Griffin] to get back."
Griffin will miss his 36th consecutive game Tuesday when the Clippers face the Spurs at the AT&T Center, having not traveled with the team on this trip. The star power forward won't be back until late this month at the earliest because of a quadriceps injury, a broken hand and a four-game suspension resulting from his punching team assistant equipment manager Matias Testi in January at a Toronto restaurant.
After their game against the Spurs, the Clippers will play Houston on Wednesday, followed by Memphis on Saturday, New Orleans on Sunday and Golden State on March 23. There will be two sets of back-to-back games plus an oddity: two days off before the games against Memphis and Golden State.
"It's just a little quirk in the schedule," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. "We would have loved for that to have been spaced out, but there's nothing you can do about it. All good teams, you've just got to play well out there."
The Clippers have excelled on the road, going 20-11, but the start of the trip could be a reminder of past failures. The Clippers' last losing streak started with back-to-back defeats in San Antonio and Houston in December.
It's some history they'll certainly try not to repeat.