The Clippers are stumbling into a meaningful trip against formidable foes at a time when they are far from healthy.
A two-game losing streak has the Clippers venturing off course and now they must deal with an injury to starting forward
They are already down starting guard Milos Teodosic, who remains out indefinitely because of plantar fascia on his left foot.
Amidst all this, the Clippers have to play at San Antonio, Oklahoma City and New Orleans, three teams that present big problems because of their talent.
Gallinari missed the second half of the loss to Miami, saying after the game that he could "barely walk" and that he had been dealing with the injury for the "past two or three games."
If he is unable to play against the Spurs, the Clippers will miss the 6-10 forward's 12.8 points per game, 4.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists.
But it's not as if the 6-4 Spurs will be feeling sorry for the Clippers.
San Antonio has been without All-Stars
But over the last three seasons, the Clippers have had a measure of success against the Spurs, beating San Antonio in six of the last nine games.
After San Antonio, the Clippers travel to Oklahoma City to meet the
The Clippers will have their hands full with the 4-5 Thunder’s big three of
The Clippers complete the three-game set with a back-to-back game at the 5-5
New Orleans’ dominant big man duo of
All of this comes at a time when the Clippers haven't been playing their best basketball.
They started the season 4-0, but have lost four of their last five.
The offense has stalled at times and the defense has been missing at times during the course of a game.
Now, this three-game trip will test the Clippers to see what they are made of.
AT SAN ANTONIO SPURS
When: Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. PST.
On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 570, 1330.
Update: The Spurs are led in most categories by big men