Teachable moments

Five things we learned about the Clippers during their long road trip

Updated: February 4, 2010, 6:21 PM ET
By Kevin Arnovitz | ESPNLosAngeles.com

It's somewhat confounding that of the major professional sports, the NBA's home-court advantage is the most favorable.

Both football and baseball offer elements like weather, unique playing surfaces and facilities that hold upward of 40,000 screaming fans. Baseball fields have nooks and crannies that can baffle visiting outfielders, while cold-weather teams in football prey on their rivals from the sun belt.

An NBA court? A 94-foot long by 50-foot wide slab of hardwood (usually maple) ...

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