Blake Griffin believes upcoming road trip important to his team moving forward

Even though the Clippers have won five of their past six road games, they are just 19-16 away from Staples Center. To Blake Griffin, that makes this upcoming five-game trip that begins Wednesday in New Orleans a rather big deal.

“I think it’s important, obviously, you know, for the standings and all that,” said Griffin, whose team is in third place in the Western Conference behind San Antonio and Oklahoma City. “But it’s also important for our own mental state, you know, winning games on the road and things like that. We haven’t really accomplished what we wanted to on the road, so this would be a good opportunity for us to really play against quality teams; obviously, teams who are fighting for a playoff position and also fighting to get into the playoffs.”

After New Orleans, the Clippers will be at Dallas (Thursday), Houston (Saturday), Minnesota (Monday) and Phoenix (April 2). Of the five, only New Orleans and Minnesota don’t have a realistic shot of making the playoffs.

The Clippers (50-21) are 31-5 at home, the best home record in the Western Conference and second in the league to Indiana (32-4).

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