After dropping the last game of a three game homestand to the Orlando Magic 104-101, the Clippers will now play 14 of their next 19 games away, including a brutal stretch of 8 straight road games in only 10 days to begin February.
The first game is Monday in Memphis, where the Grizzlies will be hungry for payback after losing a tough, 7 game 1st round playoff series last season, which included the Memphis Miracle in which the Clippers fought back from 27 down to win game 1 and stun the Memphis fans. Memphis currently occupies the 4th playoff seed and has won four of five, including an overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs and a gritty road victory over the Golden State Warriors.
After Memphis, the Clippers travel to Houston to face the Rockets and follow up in Minnesota against the Timberwolves, both venues notoriously difficult places to win. They then return home for a brief respite against the Washington Wizards, who have been playing much better since the return of John Wall, before facing the Golden State Warriors, who are probably still smarting from a blowout loss to the Clippers last time around and the Oklahoma City Thunder on a back to back. If they aren’t careful, the Clippers could easily find themselves bumped down in the standings.
On the plus side, the team welcomed back Grant Hill, who played six scant minutes against Orlando, but who will see increased playing time as he shakes off the rust of missing the first two months of the season. Chauncey Billups is also planning to return soon (though no exact date has been given), which will give the Clippers their first full lineup since the season started.
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