|SPURS||Manu Ginobili 21.8||Tim Duncan 10.7||Tony Parker 8.3|
|CLIPPERS||Eric Gordon 21.1||Blake Griffin 10.4||Baron Davis 4.8|
The Clippers (1-7) are coming off a 101-82 loss against the New Orleans Hornets while the Spurs (5-1) are riding on a four game winning streak. Their latest 95-91 victory came against the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Spurs might get a break. The Clippers could face the Spurs badly undermanned. Eric Gordon missed the game against the Hornets due to a shoulder injury and it’s uncertain if he could play in San Antonio. Also Chris Kaman could be out for 2-3 weeks with a left ankle sprain.
Baron Davis who did not play in a 97-88 home loss against San Antonio last November 1 returned to action against the Hornets and had four points and three assists in 10 minutes of action.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Offense — If Gordon will not be able to play, much of the offensive load will fall on the shoulders of Blake Griffin, but he will get help from veterans Davis, Rasual Butler and Randy Foye. Rookies Al-Farouq Aminu and Eric Bledsoe could also provide some offensive punch off the bench. Especially Aminu who had a nice game versus the Hornets.
Defense — Without Kaman, the Clipper’s interior defense will be relatively weaker, that means DeAndre Jordan, Griffin and veteran Jarron Collins will have to work extra hard on the defensive end.
Spurs — George Hill – trapezius muscle (day-to-day), Matt Bonner – sprained right ankle (out).
Clippers — Eric Gordon – shoulder (day-to-day), Baron Davis – knee (day-to-day), Chris Kaman – sprained left ankle (out)