Week ahead for Clippers: East Coast road trip with stops in New York, Philly & Boston

The week ahead 

It’s time to hit the road for the Clippers. The team will head out on a three-game East Coast road trip beginning in New York on Wednesday. The trip will then take the Clippers to Philadelphia on Friday and Boston on Sunday. The trio of games this week can all be seen on Prime Ticket. The team is entering a stretch where they’ll play six of seven on the road.

The week behind 

The team was perfect last week spearheaded by a couple of 30-point outbursts from Chris Paul. Despite nearly blowing a 22-point lead, the Clippers hung on to defeat Charlotte, 99-92, on St. Patrick’s Day. They then picked up a 11-point win in a quick trip up north to Sacramento. And, on Friday, the team returned home to defeat Washington, 113-99. Finally, on Sunday, Anthony Davis returned after missing the previous two games for the Pelicans but it wasn’t enough for New Orleans to get past the Clippers as Doc Rivers’ club won 107-100 in a matinee for the squad’s fourth victory in a row.

Record and standings 

The Clippers enter the week 46-25 and in the fifth spot in the Western Conference  — 11 games behind the Warriors. The Clippers are just 1/2 game behind Portland for the fourth spot.

Thumb’s up

J.J. Redick set the franchise record for most three pointers made in a season in the team’s win over the Wizards. The previous record of 161 was set by Jamal Crawford in 2013-14. Redick will enter the week with 167 three pointers made this season and is shooting 42.8 percent from beyond the arc.

Thumb’s down

The return of Jamal Crawford, from his current calf injury, doesn’t appear to be coming anytime soon. Head coach Doc Rivers recently said there’s a chance Crawford may not return this season. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year missed the last 10 games with the injury. 

Player to watch

Blake Griffin has been back in the lineup for five games after missing the previous 15 due to surgery for a staph infection in his right elbow. In his return, Griffin’s averaging 18.8 points per game, down from the 22.2 he’s averaged on the season. The Clippers All-Star has, however, recorded consecutive 20-point games during the team’s current four-game win streak.

Stat to watch

The Clippers are just 0.5 game behind Portland for the fourth spot. If they don’t catch the Blazers, at least they’ll have some practice in playing on the road heading into the postseason — seven of the team’s final 11 games of the regular season are road games.