Game #3 Preview: Spurs @ Clippers - Trying to put it together on the West Coast

Your San Antonio Spurs are 1-1 heading into game three tonight against the LA Clippers. I often have wondered to my self, "Self, what is a Clipper? Surely they did not name the team after a grooming tool." So I did a little research and found out that, as you might expect, they are named after the sailing vessel called a Clipper. Here's what Wikipedia had to say about it. You might think the team might have more success if they weren't named after a 19th century ship that can be out run by a jet-ski, but I digress.

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What's that? Modern day ships get out run by jet-skis too? Don't bother me with your facts.

The Clippers are your classic second fiddle team. I'm not sure there's another team in sports that is so much of a second fiddle. Even the White Sox, Angels, Mets and Jets have had success, but not these Clippers. So, in honor of that I have this little didy for you:


I guess Jerry Buss just sold his soul and didn't mess with the whole fiddle thing

The Clippers are coming into this season with their rookie stud Blake Griffin. Griffin is a beast. It would not surprise me to see him become the next great Power Forward. Of course, he could learn a lot from the GOATPUFF. The bigest thing Griffin has to over come is being Clipper. This poor franchise cannot catch a break. Of course part of their problem is that their owner is only about making money, not winning. Be grateful for your owner Spurs fans.

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The GOATPUFF

After a disappointing loss to the Hornets, the Spurs are starting their first road trip of the season. It's a very winnable trip. With all the talk of how important the beginning of the season is, it will be important for this team to win the games they are supposed to. The Clippers are a team that the Spurs need to beat...like a rented mule.

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I'm not even sure this is a mule.

So in conclusion, the Spurs need to ride their jet skis past these Clippers, while playing first fiddle and beating them like a rented mule. Whew! I wasn't sure I was going to be able to pull all of this together, but it's seamless. Let's hope the Spurs can put a complete game together.

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SAN ANTONIO SPURS @ LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
Where: Staples Center

When: Monday, November 1, 9:30 p.m. Spurs Time
Watch: Fox Sports Southwest


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By the Numbers

Data source: basketball-reference.com

Category Stat Rank
Offensive Efficiency 107.9 11
Defensive Efficiency 105.9 18
Defensive Rebound Rate
82% 1
Offensive Rebound Rate 24% 23
Field Goal Percentage 44% 13
3-Point FG Percentage 33% 20
Free Throw Percentage
83% 7
Turnover Percentage
13% 4
Category Stat Rank
Offensive Efficiency 96.7 28
Defensive Efficiency 111.9 27
Defensive Rebound Rate
64% 30
Offensive Rebound Rate 30% 6
Field Goal Percentage 40% 30
3-Point FG Percentage 28% 24
Free Throw Percentage
66% 27
Turnover Percentage 15% 17
Record Wins Losses
Overall 1 1
Conference 0 1
Division 0 1
Home 1 1
Away 0 0
Position Conference Division
Record 10th 3rd
Lineups

Starters
PG: Tony Parker
SG: Manu Ginobili
SF: Richard Jefferson
PF: DeJuan Blair
C: Tim Duncan

Key Bench Players
George Hill
Tiago Splitter?
James Anderson

Record Wins Losses
Overall 0 3
Conference 0 1
Division 0 0
Home 0 2
Away 0 1
Position Conference Division
Record 15th 5th
Lineups

Starters
PG: Baron Davis
SG: Eric Gordon
SF: Ryan Gomes
PF: Blake Griffin
C: Chris Kaman

Key Bench Players
DeAndre Jordan
Rasual Butler
Al-Farouq Aminu

Matchup Analysis

Point Guard
Shooting Guard
Small Forward

Power Forward
Center
Bench
Coach
Intangibles
Mojo
Winner

Starters

PG: Baron Davis has the potential to go off on any night. Unfortunately for his team, he's inconsistant and is not a long term an asset to help his team win. The Clippers have some nice young talent and Davis' bad attitude and bad work ethic will not help their development. For those who like to complain about Tony Parker not being a passing PG should look no farther than Davis to see what that's really like.

SG: Eric Gordon is a very nice young player. He had a good rookie campaign and is looking to improve on that. He could be a very nice SG for years to come. The main problem Gordon will have in this game is that he matches up against one of the best players in Spurs history. Manu is leading the team in scoring through 2 games, averaging 22.5 PPG.

SF: Ryan Gomes is a big boy. He played PF/C in college and has made the transition to the 3 spot in the NBA. Richard Jefferson should have a quickness advantage here and should take advantage of it.

PF: Griffin's athletic ability and size will cause Blair some problems. Griffin can explode and will get his share of hustle rebounds. The Spurs will need to do a good job of boxing him out on rebounds. Griffin will get his. I'd like to see Blair work Griffin on the offensive side of the ball, and bring his shooting for the season above 21%. Splitter should be available tonight and will help with Griffin.

C: Kamen is a solid guy. He's not going to wow you, but he's got talent and it should be a good match up with Timmeh. TD should be able to have a solid game, but this will not be a cake walk. The Clippers are a very good offensive rebounding team, the Spurs will need to keep that in check and a lot of that will fall on Duncan.

Bench

This isn't really even close. The Spurs bench is a solid mix of talented veterans and youth. The Clippers do not have a good mix of either. They've got some young guys who appear to be talented and a few decent vets, but this is not a close match up.

Coaching

Coach Pop has the experience over Vinny Del Negro and should be able to out coach him. I wish the former Spur, Del Negro, luck. He's going to need it with the Clippers.

Intangibles

Spurs are coming off of a tough loss and will be looking to beat a rented mule. Clippers are on the SEGABABA.

Mojo

Anger from a weak sauce loss proves to much for hapless Clippers.

Prediction

Spurs win... handily

Other Reading

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell

Spurs Nation

Air Alamo

Project Spurs

Clippers

Clips Nation

Following Along

TV

Fox Sports Southwest

Radio

WOAI 1200AM; Audio League Pass[streaming]

Online

As always, NBA league pass is recommended for those who are willing to pony up the cash. Almost every Spurs game will be broadcast there, which is especially helpful for those of us who aren't in the San Antonio area.

Please don't post links to illegal game feeds in the game thread. Links to illegal feeds are not permitted on SBNation, but you can probably find them out there on the internets if you're resourceful and desperate. You can also shoot an email to poundingtherockmail@yahoo.com(IMPORTANT: Please include your PtR username in the email for reference) for further assistance.

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