The Morning After: Spurs vs. Clippers

Chris PaulBox Score | Game Flow | Advanced Stats

Winning in San Antonio has been quite a feat for the Los Angeles Clippers through a streak of 17 straight losses.

That streak was snapped on Saturday night as the Chris Paul-led Clippers used big second and fourth quarter runs to get by the Tony Parker-less San Antonio Spurs. 

Manu Ginobili’s two three-pointers after the Spurs closed the gap on a 13-point fourth quarter deficit with just over five minutes remaining, but Paul and Mo Williams, who combined for 69 points, weren’t done.

The combination of the Spurs missing open shots, and Paul and Williams leading a late surge was too much for the Spurs, especially without their top two point guards.

With the loss, the Spurs drop to 26-13 on the season

In Retrospect

In Jeff Garcia’s Five Things to Watch pregame post, he noted two key stats.

  • The Clippers are road warriors if they hit the century mark. The Clips are 9-0 this season on the road when they score 100 or more points.
  • Let’s keep it a low-scoring affair tonight. The Clippers are 2-9 this season on the road when scoring under 100 points.

The Spurs couldn’t keep the Clippers under 100 and they were missing some of their own firepower to match the Clippers’ offensive efforts.

Quotable

It was a great effort. I thought our guys did a great job. The last half of that fourth quarter we had some great open looks from three. We just couldn’t make them.  It’s a bad combination if you’re not hitting those and you’re not hitting your free throws. You really put yourself in a hole and the guys still were there the whole time and then Mo (Williams) hit those two threes in a row.  That was the difference right there.  It was a good effort and I’m proud of them.”
- Spurs coach Gregg Popovich


By the numbers 

51.9 – The Clippers three-point shooting percentage compared to the Spurs’ 40 percent.
5 – Aside from Williams’ 33-point outburst, the rest of the Clippers bench only managed 5 points.
62.5% – The Spurs struggled from the charity strip throughout the game, making only 20 of 32 attempts.

Rookie Watch

Kawhi Leonard finished with 10 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes. Leonard has scored in double figures in five of his last six games. Cory Joseph was recalled from the Toros with backup point guard T.J. Ford out. Joseph played just 39 seconds. 

About Michael A. De Leon

Michael founded Project Spurs in 2004. He started The Spurscast, the first Spurs podcast on the Internet, in 2005. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others. He is a credentialed member of the media for the San Antonio Spurs and Austin Toros. He is also the founder of Project Spurs' sister sites, Toros Nation and Stars Hoops.

The Morning After: Spurs vs. Clippers

DeJuan BlairBox | Gameflow | Advanced Stats

The Spurs are now 2-0 after a dominating blowout of the Los Angeles Clippers. Tony Parker led the Spurs on a big third quarter run and the Spurs never looked back, getting huge performances by Manu Ginobili and DeJuan Blair.

Be sure to read Paul Garcia’s full recap below for more on the game. 

In retrospect

Jeff Garcia talked to Peter Kim of The No Look Pass before last night’s game. Here’s what Peter had to say about what it would take for the Clippers to snap the Spurs’ historic success over the Clippers.

Over the years, the Clippers have had an extremely difficult time defending quick guards on the opposing teams. Tony Parker is no exception. He’s always able to get into the paint and seemingly score with ease. In the first two matchups between the Clippers and Spurs last season, Parker went 8 of 16 from the floor and had 9 assists. In the Clippers’ win against the Spurs, he went 1 for 6. So the Clippers should lock down on Parker defensively and do what they can to use their youth against an aging team playing a back to back.

Parker proved to be an integral part of the offense once again, especially in the third quarter when the Spurs pulled away. Parker finished the game with 14 points and nine assists. 10 of Parker’s points came midway through the third quarter.

Quoteable

“Playing against Blake is fun. I always have fun. He challenges me and I challenge him. It was a real big game.”
-De Juan Blair on guarding Blake Griffin.

By the Numbers

6 – Players that scored in double figures for the Spurs
10.5 – James Anderson’s scoring average through 2 games.
54% – Richard Jefferson’s shooting percentage from beyond the arch.
48 – Points in the paint (Clippers 26).
18 – Average third quarter lead through 2 games.

Fantasy Focus

Richard Jefferson is averaging 16.5 points per game and he’s been red hot from beyond the arch. If you need to boost your three-point numbers and add about three or four rebounds per game, keeping him on your watch list might be a good idea.

Rookie Watch

Kawhi Leonard played 20 minutes against the Clippers last night. He spent some time on Caron Butler and even helped defend inside. Once again, he helped most in rebounding. Against a bigger team, Leonard grabbed eight boards, good enough to join Tim Duncan as leading rebounders for the Spurs. His eight rebounds were also a big factor in the Spurs’ 43-40 rebounding advantage.

Cory Joseph played the last three plus minutes of the game and pulled down two rebounds.

Tweeting the game

Spurs destroyed Clippers. The “old” guys can still ball #sanantonio – Zach_Carr_14

In Black and White

• Clippers have no defense for Spurs in loss (Los Angeles Times). 
• Spurs have their way with new-look Clippers (San Antonio Express-News). 

About Michael A. De Leon

Michael founded Project Spurs in 2004. He started The Spurscast, the first Spurs podcast on the Internet, in 2005. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others. He is a credentialed member of the media for the San Antonio Spurs and Austin Toros. He is also the founder of Project Spurs' sister sites, Toros Nation and Stars Hoops.

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