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Road is unkind to the Clippers
By Jason Lewis (Sports Editor)
Published February 18, 2011

The Clippers are 4-21 on the road this season, and recently sunk to a new low when Cleveland ended their NBA record 26 game losing streak when the Clippers came to town. Photo by Tony Dejak (AP)

By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor

A month ago the Clippers were the most exciting team in Los Angeles.  With wins over the Heat and Lakers, and Blake Griffin rivaling Fernadomania, the Clippers were the talk of the town.

But since hitting the road on an 11 game trip the Clippers have hit the skids big time.  They lost seven out of their first eight games away from home, and any talk of an outside shot of making the playoffs has flown out the window.   

The road has not been kind at all to the Clippers.  They are 16-14 at home, which is decent.  But they are an embarrassing 4-21 on the road. 

After defeating the Heat last month, LeBron James said that as a young team, they cannot just get up and play great against the top teams in the league, but they have to do that every night. 

Well the Clippers are showing that they cannot do that.  The loss at Cleveland, who was on an NBA record 26 game losing streak, is proof of that.

When the Clippers hit the road they cannot find a way to come out on top, which is why they are 20-35 on the season.

Until this team can figure out a way to win away from Staples Center, they will just be a one trick pony. 

After the All Star break the Clippers are right back on the road with games at Oklahoma City, New Orleans, and the Lakers.  Then they host the Celtics.  All four of those teams are headed to the playoffs, while the Clippers are getting further and further away from .500. 

The Clippers, well, Griffin, was a great story this year, and NBA fans can’t wait to see what he does during All Star weekend.  But the realty of the situation was that the Clippers were a bad team who got hot a month ago for a few weeks, and now they’ve come crashing back down to earth. 

Losing shooting guard Eric Gordon has hurt the team.  He’s having the best season of his career, but is he that much of a difference maker that the Clippers all of a sudden cannot win without him? 

The Clippers are pretty much a one man show.  People want to see Griffin because of his thunderous dunks, and the guy can straight ball.  It’s exciting to see him in action, but that does not win games.  He can have his own ESPN top 10 high light reel.  But that will not make the Clippers a winner. 

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