The Spurs played from behind all night despite one very brief lead in the first quarter. LaMarcus Aldridge and Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 30 and 19 points, respectively. However, they could not seem to get over the hump often due to their inconsistency and sloppiness on offense and the Clippers’ resiliency.
The Spurs dug an early hole due to a few sloppy turnovers. Once the Spurs reserves came in, however, they were able to take a brief lead. Regardless the Clippers ended up leading 38-26 at the end of the first because they were shooting almost 70% and the Spurs had trouble stopping them.
The second quarter started the same way: Spurs turnovers and Clippers high percentage shooting. Every time it seemed the Spurs would claw their way back, the Clippers would answer with a run of their own. Fortunately, they would only find themselves down 7 as the Clippers led 60-53 at half.
The Spurs’ starters were able to keep the Clippers from scoring for almost the first 5 minutes of the third quarter, but turnovers took some of the wind out of their comeback efforts. Similar to the first half, the Clippers matched every Spurs threat to go on a run with a run of their own. The end of the third was no different as they trailed by 7 yet again.
Turnovers continued to plague the good guys as they tried to scratch their way into the Clippers’ at-arms-length lead. Despite being the league leader in taking care of the ball all season, the Spurs could not get any traction tonight against the short-handed Clippers. In the end, the Spurs lost a winnable game against a more focused Clippers squad.
- DeMar DeRozan returned to the lineup. His legs looked fresh. Hopefully his shot follows suit soon enough.
- The Clippers had three key players out, but that didn’t seem to matter because they played smart throughout.
- The Clippers’ jersey sponsor, Bumble, would like to remind us that Valentine’s Day is around the corner judging by the many ads I also saw during the game.
- DeRozan and the Foreign Legion part deux remains my favorite lineup. They are so fun to watch.
- Between his timely threes and soft touch around the rim, Derrick White continues to impress.
- Rudy Gay has been on a tear since coming back from his 5-game absence. His game is very efficient, and his defensive presence has been key.
- The most important things in life are worth fighting for and worth remembering. Patty Mills and the Spurs’ touching tribute for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a reminder of why I love this team.
Tune In Next Time:
San Antonio travels Philadelphia to take on the 76ers on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 7:00 PM CDT.