The 55th Annual Grammy Awards finally took place at the Staples Center on Sunday night, which always sends the professional sports teams that play there on the road for their annual “Grammy Trip” for an extended period of time.
It was actually a pretty entertaining awards show, highlighted by Jennifer Lopez’s fashion choice. (I never thought an awards show would force me to use my rewind button, so as far as I know J-Lo was the only winner last night.)
Anyways, the Los Angeles Clippers last game at the Staples Center was on January 27th, against the Portland Trailblazers. The eight game “Grammy Trip” lasted a long two weeks and didn’t get off to the start that they had hoped for. It was a road trip highlighted by multiple injuries. Chris Paul missed five games, Blake Griffin missed two games, and Jamal Crawford and Caron Butler each missed one game.
The Clippers won the first game of the trip against the Minnesota Timberwolves and then went on to lose their next three games, against the Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, and Washington Wizards. Fortunately, the Clippers without Griffin, Paul, and Crawford went on to win their next game against the Orlando Magic, who were also missing most of their starters due to injury.
The Clippers entered the final three game stretch of this trip with an underachieving 2-3 record.
Everyone on the Clippers returned from injury on Friday night for the big matchup against the Miami Heat. The Clippers looked out of sync all night with everyone playing together for just the first time in over a month. The Heat ran away with this game and the final score was 111-89.
Their record had dropped to 2-4 on the trip and the new goal for the Clippers was to finish at .500 with a 4-4 record.
On Sunday, this Clippers team looked determined against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Crawford led the team with 27 points off of the bench and Paul added 25 points, six rebounds, and seven assists. The Clippers went on to win the game 102-88.
Finally, the Clippers played in the final game of this trip last night against the Philadelphia 76ers. It was more of a statement game if anything for the Clippers, who dominated from the opening tip. They ended up with more highlights than the entire Grammy Awards show from the night before. (Blake Griffin had one slam dunk alone that was more entertaining than watching LL Cool J host the three and a half hour awards show without one funny joke.)
The Clippers beat the 76ers 107-90 and reached their goal of finishing with a .500 record on the trip.
It wasn’t the type of dominating road trip that this team expected to have, but it could have been a lot worse considering the circumstances. So after eight games, played in eight different cities, dealing with multiple injuries, and even battling through one huge East Coast snowstorm the Clippers will finally return home.
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