Spurs – Clippers Video
If the NBA season finished today, the San Antonio Spurs would not make the playoffs. But as they showed everyone on Monday night, don’t count the defending champions out until the final buzzer rings.
Despite being down by six points going into the final quarter, the Spurs used a monster final period to hand the Clippers their second loss in three games. With the win, San Antonio moves to 3-3 on the season, and it looks like things are just getting started for them.
Kawhi Leonard led the way for San Antonio, putting up 26 points on the evening. He also grabbed 10 boards as well. Tim Duncan also had a double-double, as he put up 18 points and 11 rebounds. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili also scored in double digits with 13 and 10, respectively.
For the Clippers, they seemed to have everything under control throughout most of the game. They had a lead at halftime and extended it by outscoring the Spurs in the third quarter. However, they’d go cold in the fourth and they failed to stop San Antonio from completing the comeback.
Four of the Clippers five starters scored in double digits. Blake Griffin led the way with 23, JJ Redick had 13, Chris Paul had 12, and Jamal Crawford also contributed 10. DeAndre Jordan had just 6 points, but he had 13 big rebounds. Paul and Griffin both had double-doubles, as they both grabbed 10 boards.
The Clippers started the season 2-0, though they have had a few ups and downs since the beginning of November. Their first loss came against the Kings on November 2nd, and it was followed by a win against Utah on the 3rd. They then lost to Golden State, before beating Portland. If history repeats itself, the Clippers will hope to follow up the loss against San Antonio with a win when they play Phoenix on Saturday. The good news is that the Clippers will have five days of rest in-between the two games.
As for the Spurs, they are currently not in the playoff picture. They’ve already lost to the Suns, Rockets, and Pelicans, but they have wins over the Mavericks, Hawks, and now the Clippers. Now the Spurs will face Golden State on Tuesday on the second-half of a back-to-back.
Despite the slow start, the Spurs are tied for the second-highest odds in the league to win the 2015 NBA Championship. The Cavaliers remain at the top with 3/1 odds, while the Bulls and Spurs are both at 6/1. Behind the Spurs are the Warriors, who have started the season as one of the hottest teams in the league at 5-1. Rounding out the top five is the Los Angeles Clippers, who are 9/1.
After the Cavs, the next eight teams with highest odds to win the NBA Championship are from the Western Conference. And if the matchups between these teams are anything like we saw on Monday between the Clippers and the Spurs, then we’re in for an enjoyable remainder of the season. Be sure to keep up with sportspicks.com for insider information throughout the entire NBA season and playoffs.