TRAVEL BLOG, GAME 7: WASHINGTON DC
The game against the Wizards was obviously a terrific way to close out a long trip, a 16-point win, historic performance by Chris Paul and the first game scoring 100 points since Dec. 5.
But the most memorable part of the brief trip to the rainy Nation’s Capital was what happened when the Clippers first got there.
The team bus left the hotel in New York at 2:30 p.m. ET. After a lengthy time on the ground once they arrived at the airport, they finally landed in D.C. after 6 p.m. But traffic on the way to the hotel from Dulles Airport made things worse.
It took another two hours to get into the Georgetown area where the team stays. So, what was expected to be a maybe a 5:30 p.m. arrival had an extra three hours tacked on. With the hotel in sight, about two blocks away, and no sign that the bus would move any time soon (it sat through four consecutive green lights due to the traffic congestion), the players decided to walk the duration.
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The scene was pretty surreal, a roster of NBA players leaving a bus that pulled to the side of a busy street and walking a couple of blocks as a group unannounced. I can’t imagine what passersby were thinking.
The following day the Clippers conducted shoot-around at Verizon Center and seemed to be counting the minutes until their next flight boarded to come home. The game included a couple of sleeping fans, a trio dressed in colonial garb singing the anthem and a great ovation for former Wizard Antawn Jamison when he entered for the first time.
On the court, the Clippers closed out the trip the way they would have hoped and when it was over, Marcin Gortat said it was the first game all season he felt like the Wizards “had no chance.”
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