The Los Angeles Clippers have given extreme effort in this series against the Spurs, but sometimes your all-out effort is not quite enough if the other team is more talented, healthy, or more used to the system they are running than you are. The Spurs unfortunately can say all 3 of these things as the Clippers entered this series with more players injured than any other playoff team left. They also only had a week before training camp to get ready for this season, while the Spurs have been playing together for about the last decade or so. The Spurs are also the deepest team in the league as evidenced by the number of quality minutes Gregg Popovich has gotten from his bench over the course of the season and playoffs. The Clippers have hope that they will rise up in red, though.
“We were desperate in Game 7 in Memphis, and you see how we came out and played,” Chris Paul said. “Hopefully, we can be the best for the next four games.”
DeAndre Jordan is hoping that the back-to-back games will favor the Clippers younger legs. “It’s a back-to-back tomorrow, so we can look to that to our advantage.” DeAndre Jordan said. “We are a young team. Hopefully, tomorrow we can get out there and run and have a good start like we did tonight and continue to play that way throughout the remainder of the game.”
This Spurs team looks like the best team in the NBA this year, and personally, they are my favorite to win the NBA title this year. Popovich won the championship the last time there was a lock-out shortened year, and he has a much better, wiser, and versatile team than he had in the 1999 season. Hopefully the Clippers can push them, but if not the Spurs will remain the only unbeaten Playoff team.
Just a heads up, if the Los Angeles Kings game goes to double overtime(or past 5:00 pm), then the Clippers game will be re-scheduled to Monday, because it takes a couple hours to switch the floor from being a hockey rink to a basketball court.
Video of the switchover(it’s pretty incredible) can be found here.
Best of luck to all L.A. teams today, and enjoy the last few games of the semi-finals!