Week ahead for Clippers: Meshing with new players Rivers, Jones

The week ahead 

The former team of Doc Rivers and Austin Rivers and Glen Davis will be in town Monday when the Clippers host the Celtics in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee. It will be the Clippers fourth straight game in which they alternated playing at Staples Center and away. On Thursday the Nets will be in town for a nationally televised affair. Then on Sunday the Clippers will head to Phoenix for a quick one-game trip.

The week behind 

Following the debacle against Miami at home last week, the Clippers responded with one of team’s most impressive road wins of the season with a 100-94 victory at Portland snapping a five-game road losing streak. Austin Rivers made his debut with the team at home against Cleveland last Friday but the team fell short, 126-121, to LeBron and Co. Saturday, the Clippers won 117-108 in Sacramento on the second night of a back-to-back. 

Record and standings 

Entering Monday, the Clippers are 27-14 on the season and remain in second place in the Pacific Division, but despite winning two of three last week, the Clippers have fallen to 6.5 games behind the first place Golden State Warriors. In the Western Conference Standings, the Clippers are in sixth place. 

Thumb’s up

History was made last Friday when Austin Rivers became the first NBA player to appear in a game while being coached by his father. Rivers went scoreless in 12 minutes and had an assist. The excitement was tempered, however, because of the loss to the Cavs. 

Thumb’s down

Jordan Farmar and the Clippers were never a good match. The two parted ways when the team waived the point guard on Friday to open up a roster spot for Austin Rivers. Farmar averaged just 4.6 points and 1.9 assists in 36 games with the Clippers. 

Player to watch

There are two players to watch this week — both of the Clippers new additions, Austin Rivers and Dahntay Jones. They combined to score one point in the two games they played for the team last week. Jones was signed to a 10-day contract with hopes he can help the team’s perimeter defense. 

Stat to watch 

The shift to the new year has been good to Matt Barnes. He’s averaging 14.6 points since the calendar turned to 2015 which is up from the 10 points per game he’s averaging on the season. Barnes tied a season high with 26 points in the win at Sacramento Saturday night. He’s reached double figures in six of his last seven games which ties his longest such stretch of the season.