Week ahead for Clippers: Leaving Staples behind for Grammy trip

The week ahead 

Doc Rivers’ crew got a small taste of it on Sunday but it will come full force this week. That, of course, is life away from Staples Center. The Clippers will be home Monday night to host the Nuggets and then begin its version of the Grammy trip with eight-straight games on the road. To begin the trip this week, there will be a stop in Utah on Wednesday followed by a back-to-back in New Orleans and San Antonio on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The eight game roadie is the longest Grammy trip of any of the Staples Center tenants this season. The Lakers play just four games on their Grammy trip while the Kings play five.

The week behind 

The Clippers swept the week and entered Monday’s contest with the Nuggets as winners of four in a row. The Clippers won all three games this week by an average of 22.7 points. The closest game of the week was a nine-point victory over the Celtics on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. On Thursday, it was a 39-point defeat of the Nets and Sunday, the Clippers won by 20 in Phoenix.

Record and standings 

Entering Monday, the Clippers are 30-14 on the season and remain in second place in the Pacific Division. They are seven games behind first place Golden State but have climbed to the No. 5 spot in the Conference, 0.5 game ahead of Dallas.

Thumb’s up

Even after the win over Boston, the team continued to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Former USC head coach George Raveling paid a visit to the club last Tuesday to speak to the team. The former USC head coach attended Dr. King’s "I Have a Dream" speech and was giving an original copy of it which he still owns.

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Thumb’s down

Sunday’s win in Phoenix wasn’t exactly a memorable performance for Matt Barnes. The Clippers forward was hit with his ninth technical foul of the season — that’s third best in the NBA. To compound things, Barnes had just four points on 1-of-9 shooting.

Player to watch

All eyes continue to be on Dahntay Jones. The NBA veteran was signed to his second 10-day contract by the Clippers. Coach Doc Rivers says Jones has been "great" for Austin Rivers and C.J. Wilcox.

Stat to watch 

The Clippers will enter its longest road trip of the season as winners of three in a row on the road. The three-game road win streak is one shy of matching team’s most consecutive road wins this season — four.