I stated the Los Angeles Clippers had to go at least win two of three in their three game road trip and they did just that. The road trip did not start off well with a 94-85 lost the Memphis Grizzlies. The Clippers started the game flat and could not get into a rhythm for the first three quarters. The Grizzlies were well in control until the fourth quarter until the Clips started making a comeback. They were down by as many as fifteen points in the fourth quarter, but the Clips fought back and cut the lead to just three! But it was too little too late for the Clippers as they could not overcome the Grizzlies and fell short of the victory. Not a good start to the road considering that next up was the first place Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Thunder is virtually been unbeatable at home. The two had split their first two meetings with each team winning at home. The Clippers came into the game with a must win mentality and the game itself had a playoff atmosphere feel to it. The Clippers were still chasing the Los Angeles Lakers for the Pacific title and trying to hold off the Grizzlies to at least maintain the fourth seed in the Western Conference. The Clippers were playing great throughout the game, keeping within striking distance to eventually make a run in the fourth quarter. The Clips were able to take a five point lead deep into the fourth quarter, but the Thunder found a way to tie the game at 98 apiece.
Guess who would take the game winning shot for the Clips, who else but Chris Paul. CP3 drove it into the lane and was able to hit the layup with eight seconds remaining in the game. Kevin Durant took the final shot of the game but the ball would hit off the iron, giving the Clips the much needed 100-98 victory. Huge win for the Clippers to remain in the hunt for home court in the first round of the playoffs.
The Clippers ended the road trip against a banged up Minnesota Timberwolves team. The T-Wolves had beaten the Clippers in their prior three games, but with no Ricky Rubio or Kevin Love, the Clippers were headed to an easy win. The Clippers defeating the T-Wolves 95-82, a game that the Clippers were expected to win. The Clips are playing great down the stretch and will have to continue doing so as the Western Conference playoff standing are very closely contested. Up next for the Clips is the Golden State Warriors. The game will be at home with an early afternoon tip off. GO CLIPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!