The Los Angeles Clippers have 15 contests remaining to hone their game before attempting a run through the expectedly rigorous Western Conference playoffs.
They're also aware even teams like the woeful Sacramento Kings will be looking to raise their level of play down the stretch.
Los Angeles seeks a sixth victory in seven road games Tuesday night by earning a sixth straight win over Sacramento.
The Clippers (46-21) hold a slim lead over Memphis and Denver for the West's third seed and are coming off a 93-80 win over New York on Sunday to conclude a three-game homestand.
Chris Paul, averaging 21.3 points and 10.3 assists over his last three games, said the Clippers need to pick things up down the stretch if they hope to appear in the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.
Los Angeles has split its last six games, with losses coming to Oklahoma City, Denver and Memphis.
"We haven't been playing the style that we want to play,'' Paul said. "We can get better, so it'...