The Los Angeles Clippers were down their best two players on Wednesday with both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin sitting out against the Orlando Magic. It ended up not mattering as the Clippers got an 86-76 victory to move to 35-16 on the season. This must have been a big moral victory for the confidence of Los Angeles in being able to get a win with Griffin and Paul both out. It is apparent that the team won’t succeed long-term without the two, but for one night at least, it worked out.
When the Clippers can get a 27-point night out of Eric Bledsoe and a double-double from DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles is very hard to beat. Los Angeles is expecting Paul this weekend and Griffin will be back on the court as well very soon. While Orlando is miserable this season at 14-35 after trading Dwight Howard away in the offseason, the Clippers are lucky that they didn’t look past the Magic. It could have resulted in yet another loss on the road as you can’t look past any team in the National Basketball Association.
The Clippers are just 15-11 on the road this season and if they want to get to the NBA Finals, they will need to learn to win more on the road no matter whom or where they play. They had better hope that Griffin and Paul get back on the court before too long so the team can gel before the playoffs get underway in two months. This was a win that the Clippers had to have.