They met the challenge of playing hard in the final game in Milwaukee on Monday, and the win gave them a 5-2 record on the trip.
But the Clippers now face the task of finding enough energy to play the
"The toughest game is always the first one when you come off a long road trip," guard
"You have to get used to seeing your family again. You have to get used to the West Coast time change. And just being home, it throws your rhythm off a little bit. But for us, we're not going to make any excuses. We're going to continue to try to keep this train moving."
The Clippers will play three more games this week. They face the
The Clippers didn't practice Tuesday, taking some much-needed time off to recharge.
"We look at this as a nine-game trip," Clippers Coach
Turkoglu making strides
When the Clippers signed veteran free-agent forward
But Turkoglu, 34, has made some progress along the way. He's displayed the ball-handling skills he had been known for, hit some outside shots and improved his conditioning.
He played his best game with the Clippers in Milwaukee, scoring six points and adding seven rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes.
In his seven games with the Clippers, Turkoglu has averaged 2.7 points on 38.9% shooting, 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 12.3 minutes per game.
Turkoglu didn't play in any games with the
Last season, Turkoglu played in just 11 games with the Magic because of injuries and a 20-game suspension for testing positive for steroids.
"He's getting it," Rivers said. "His rhythm is coming. The thing he can do is he can handle the ball. That's been important. Blake [Griffin] is helping DC [