SALT LAKE CITY — In Saturday's 98-93 victory over the Houston Rockets, the Clippers proved they were capable of defeating a winning team on the road, minus the opponent's two All-Stars.
Tracy McGrady sat out his seventh consecutive game because of a back injury and Yao Ming suffered a broken bone in his right leg in the first quarter. The Clippers defeated the lowly Memphis Grizzlies for their only other road victory and are 2-9 away from Staples Center.
"We're a work in progress," Cuttino Mobley said. "You see that when we play the right way, we're capable of doing big things. Why don't we play the right way all the time? If I had the answer to that, we wouldn't be" 2-9 on the road.
And tonight the Clippers face the formidable Utah Jazz. Utah is first in the Northwest Division and is 11-2 at EnergySolutions Arena.