The Los Angeles Clippers have an impressive 7-2 record through the first nine games of this season. However, only one of those seven wins has come on the road away from the Staples Center, against the Portland Trailblazers (5-5). (I’m not counting their so-called “road” win against the Los Angeles Lakers (5-5), who also play at the Staples Center.)
The Clippers will finally face their first road trip of the season starting tonight, against the San Antonio Spurs (8-2). They played the Spurs once already this season back on November 7th, winning that game 106-84. That win was also the start of the Clippers current five game winning streak.
On Wednesday they will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (8-3) at Chesapeake Energy Arena, which has become one of the toughest places to play in the NBA. The Thunder have proven to still be one of the top teams in league, despite trading away the 2011-2012 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, James Harden.
After that, the Clippers will travel to New York to take on the new look Brooklyn Nets (6-2), which will be played on Friday night at the brand new Barclays Center. This will be a matchup highlighted by the two all-star point guards, Deron Williams against Chris Paul.
The last game of this four game road trip will be against the Atlanta Hawks (4-4) on Saturday night. The Clippers also played the Hawks already this season back on November 11th, winning that game 89-76. This time the Hawks will be looking for revenge, after letting that first game slip away in the fourth quarter.
So the Clippers will be playing four games in six nights, against teams that have a combined record of 26-11 at the moment. There is no question that the Clippers have been one of the best teams so far this season, but this first road trip will be a tough test.
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