Don't Forget About Us
By Jay Cipoletti
Since Kawhi Leonard returned to the Spurs on Feb. 26, the story in the West has been San Antonio's winning streak, which currently stands at 19 games entering Thursday night's tilt with Oklahoma City. However, they are not the only team playing great ball in the West.
Over that same span, the Los Angeles Clippers have gone 15-2 with a Net Rating of 11.8, second only to the aforementioned Spurs' 16.2 Net Rating.
Top Net Rating Teams Since Feb. 26
Even more impressively, the Clippers have maintained their high level of play on the road -- over the last five weeks only five teams have posted a positive Net Rating away from home.
Top Net Rating Road Teams Since Feb. 26
The Clippers are 7-2 away from the Staples Center since Feb. 26, the second best road record to ... you guessed it ... San Antonio's 7-0 mark.
On Wednesday, the Clippers wrapped up a five game road-trip with a 112-108 win in Phoenix. It was their fourth straight road win and clinched the Clippers' second straight Pacific Division title.
Considering only one team in each conference can win the championship without winning a road game, the Clippers' dominant play on the road bodes very well for a deep playoff run*.
How have they done it?
Two key factors stand out -- they have gotten to the foul line and won the turnover battle.
Los Angeles Clippers Four Factors Since Feb. 26
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*Assuming Blake Griffin is healthy. If he is not, the Clippers may turn to the lineup of Chris Paul, Darren Collison, Matt Barnes, Jared Dudley and DeAndre Jordan to carry the load. That lineup has posted a Net Rating of 30.2 since Feb. 26, albeit in only 38 minutes of play.