Just a little over 24 hours earliers, the Los Angeles Clippers took care of the No. 1 team in the Western Conference. They prevailed over the Oklahoma City Thunder in front of a national audience. Sometimes games like that set teams up for failure the next time.
The Clippers were facing just that type of game too as they visited the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night. Of course the Pelicans had a little extra motivation to try and knock off the Clippers as Chris Paul was returning to New Orleans. Luckily for the Clippers they were able to avoid the letdown game as they defeated New Orleans 123-110. The Clippers believe they are as good as any team that could possibly come out of the west and it’s time for them to start proving it.
LA has gone 6-4 in their last 10 games. The problem, though, is their road record. The Clippers are a dismal 16-15 on the road this year. If they wind up in the top four, that’s fine in the first round of the playoffs as they’ll have home court advantage.
However, as they move deeper in the playoffs, they’ll have to start going on the road, and this could become a problem. If the Clippers want the NBA to take them seriously about being in the conversation with other title contenders, they are going to have to learn how to win on the road. Period. If they can’t learn consistently fix this, it’s going to be another disappointing playoff run for the Clippers.