After a series of extreme physical play, the Los Angeles Clippers have been unable to keep up with the fundamentally sound, smooth passing, and hot shooting San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs, while far less physical than the Clippers' previous matchup, the Memphis Grizzlies, have torched the Clippers' defense with exceptional team play.
The Spurs shot 53 percent from the field, knocked down 10 three pointers, and committed just 11 turnovers in another shredding of the Clippers defense. Tony Parker, playing on his 30th birthday, led the Spurs with 22 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists. Tim Duncan also continued to turn back the clock, abusing DeAndre Jordan for much of the night, scoring 18 points on nine of 14 shooting.
Along with the dominance of Parker and Duncan, the Spurs role players proved to be the ultimate difference makers. Danny Green knocked down four three pointers and scored 13 points while Boris Diaw went seven for seven from the field and finished with 16 points.
In defeat, the Clippers offense actually performed extremely well, shooting 49 percent as a team. The Clippers, however, did not get the usual amazing performance from Chris Paul, who struggled for the second straight game. Paul, likely still being slowed by his strained hip flexor, looked sluggish for much of the night, finished with just 10 points and had eight turnovers in the loss. Blake Griffin, still slowed by injuries himself, led the Clippers with 20 points but had just one rebound. Randy Foye was the only other Clippers' player in double figures with 11 points. Mo Williams, Nick Young, and Caron Butler all had nine points.
The Clippers now find themselves in an 0-2 series hole and will need to find a way to stop a Spurs offense which has racked up 213 points in Games 1 and 2 combined.
Game 3 will be played on Saturday afternoon at 12:30pm PST.Tags: Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker