Summer League Recap: Spurs vs. Clippers


Las Vegas — The San Antonio Spurs came into this game against the Los Angeles Clippers undefeated going 3-0 in the 2010 NBA Summer League.  The Spurs have been led by Gary Neal who has been averaging 15.7 points. The Clippers came into the game 1-2 in the Summer league led by rookie Al-Farouq Aminu who has been averaging 12.3 points.

The first quarter started off with a quick timeout for the Spurs. After seeing how poorly the team got on offense, coach Budenholzer wanted to “discuss” things with Curtis Jerrells. Alonzo Gee got things started for the Spurs with back-to-back dunks for the Spurs. The Spurs continued to get to the rim for high-percentage shots but their outside shots were not falling early in the first quarter.

The Clippers were staying in the game led by Aminu who threw down a dunk for an “and-1” to take the lead from the Spurs. The Clippers started to knock shots down to keep their lead on the Spurs.

At the end of the first quarter, the Clippers were leading 18-12. The Spurs shot 26.3% from the field while the Clippers shot 53.8% from the floor.

The second quarter the Spurs came out attacking the basket to take the lead from the Clippers. Sean Dennision hit a lay-up and a three-point shot to maintain the Spurs slim lead on the Clippers.

The Spurs started to turn the ball over allowing the Clippers to stay in the game. Darryl Watkins then got to the rim for a dunk to keep the Spurs’ lead. Gee continued his hot shooting hitting a three-pointer and scoring at the rim for the Spurs.

At the half the Spurs led 39 to 26. They were led by Gee with 15 points, shot 41% from the floor (16/39), grabbed 15 rebounds, and had 22 points in the paint.

The third quarter started just like the first half with the Spurs missing shots. Jerrells showed some hustle on the defensive-end diving for loose balls and keeping Clippers’ Eric Bledsoe on his heels.

Gee continued to put his stamp on the game displaying his inside and outside game as the Spurs stretched the lead to 15 points. At the end of the third quarter, it was the Spurs 56, Clippers 41.

Spurs’ Dwyane Mitchell started things off for the Spurs in the fourth getting the “and 1.” Mitchell also showed he can create with a nice assist to Tyler Wilkerson for the dunk and on the defensive end with a steal.

The Spurs were getting it done on the defensive end. Watkins had an emphatic block on Aminu and the Spurs were displaying solid team defense. The Clippers did fight back a bit with Aminu leading the way but in the end it was not enough.

The Spurs remain undefeated in the Summer League beating the Clippers 77 to 62. They will next face the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow and hope to have a perfect record to end the 2010 Summer League.

Game Notes:

  • Spurs were led by Gee with 20 points, 7/12 from the field, 2/3 from the three-point line, six rebounds and one steal.
  • Spurs scored 42 points in the paint, had 16 fast break points and nine second chance points.
  • Spurs committed 19 turnovers leading to 16 points for the Clippers.
  • Spurs out-rebounded the Clippers 34-30.
  • Spurs shot 42% from the field, 29.4% from the three-point line and 77.8% from the free-throw line.