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Schedule is helping Clippers recover from a six-game losing streak at end of 2016

Schedule is helping Clippers recover from a six-game losing streak at end of 2016

The new year provided a fresh start for the Clippers, though it had less to do with the calendar’s turning to 2017  than with an easier schedule that gave them a chance to recover from their 2016-closing six-game losing streak.

The Clippers played 17 games in December, seven of them in the final 10 days, and they were clearly dragging during a year-end trip to New Orleans, Houston and Oklahoma City, where they were outscored, 88-10, in transition.

The January schedule is more forgiving, with 12 games, three a week, and none outside California until Jan. 21. The Clippers opened the month with four straight wins entering Wednesday night’s game against Orlando.

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