After a 2-2 start to their east coast road trip, the Los Angeles Clippers flipped the switch offensively. The Chris Paul-less Clippers are currently riding a 3 game win streak much in part thanks to the red hot Jamal Crawford who scored under 20 once on the entire road trip( he had 19 against Chicago last friday night).
Crawford’s tear has sparked the offensively explosion, including a 37 point 11 assist performance last weekend against the Toronto Raptors. His performance was overshadowed by Terrence Ross’ 51 point performance, but in terms of Crawford’s game, that was his most impressive performance in a Clippers uniform. He capped off the road swing scoring 25 points in 24 minutes of action in a romp of Milwaukee.
The man who owned this road trip was Blake Griffin who continues to display incredible offensive progression. BG averaged 27 points 7 rebounds and 4 assist per game during the road trip. He did all this while drawing double and triple teams. Whether it was attacking the rim, getting to the foul line, pick and roll, or mid range jumpers Blake Griffin could do no wrong over the last 7 games and he was the crucial piece in the Clippers road success.
With road games in Golden State and Denver in the next four games, the Clippers won’t have to go to far before a 5 game home stand which will last throughout the all star break. For Los Angeles, there is a lot to be pleased about as they rest at 4th in the conference with the knowledge the Chris Paul will make his return sometime in the month of February. They also need to recognize the challenge that lies before that, as they have match ups with the Warriors, Denver, Toronto, Miami, Portland, and San Antonio between now and the end of the home stand so we will see if their current success rate without CP3 can hold up.
By the way, for all the rumblings I have heard with people saying why the Clippers without Chris Paul could be potentially better, just stop. In the words of Zack Lowe “He’s the best guard on the planet, no debate.” The Clips, while they were on the road, just squared off against the much weaker eastern conference and with the personal they have they should be handling those teams. Darren Collison, JJ Reddick, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and Jamal Crawford have all done a fantastic job of contributing in his absence and they will need to continue if they wish to remain in the top 4 of the Western Conference standings.