Clippers now need to perform same magic on road in Portland

Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum, front, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan defends during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Los Angeles.

C.J. McCollum throws up a shot with DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers defending and Chris Paul looking on during Game 2 on Wednesday at Staples Center/AP photo by Mark J. Terrill


The Clippers on Saturday night at 7:30 will take on Portland in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. The Clippers won Game 1 by 20 points and Game 2 by 21. Both of those games were at Staples Center. Now the Clippers must see if they can perform that same magic on the road at Moda Center in Portland.

The Trail Blazers went 28-13 at home during the regular season.

“It’s been a collective team effort,” Clippers point guard Chris Paul said at the morning shootaround. “I know those guys are going to be a lot more comfortable here at home. And we’ve just gotta continue trying to make it tough for them.”

The Clippers have been especially tough on Portland’s guard duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, who have shot a combined 22 of 67 (32.8 percent).

The Clippers went 24-17 on the road this season.