May 21st, 2012 at 1:09 AM
By Jesse Kass
The Los Angeles Clippers' season ended Sunday night, as the San Antonio Spurs completed a 4-0 sweep of the Clippers to advance to the Western Conference finals. The Spurs eeked out a 102-99 win, overcoming a spirited effort from the banged-up Clippers.
The Clippers had the ball in Chris Paul's hands twice with a chance to take the lead and tie in the final seconds but were unable to convert, leading to the Spurs victory.
The Clippers chances of the winning the series against the Spurs took a hit before the series even started with their two best players, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, battling injuries. The Spurs, however, proved without a doubt that healthy or not, they are the superior team; displaying more experience, more continuity, and better coaching.
"Their experience showed with their execution," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "Tim (Duncan) looks great and the rest of the guys are feeding off that."
Tim Duncan continued to turn back the clock, leading the Spurs with 21 points and nine rebounds. Duncan was one of six Spurs' players to score in double figures, as the Clippers could simply not figure out the Spurs offense. Whenever Duncan was double teamed the Spurs role players would drill three pointers, and whenever he went one on one he would score. It proved to be a formula that Clippers could not solve.Read more... Join the Conversation...
May 17th, 2012 at 9:47 PM
By Jesse Kass
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.Read more... Join the Conversation...
May 16th, 2012 at 10:20 AM
By Jesse Kass
Fresh off a brutal series with the Memphis Grizzlies, the banged-up Los Angeles Clippers began their second round matchup with the number one seeded San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs, who are polar opposites to the "grit and grind" of the Memphis Grizzlies, used speed, ball movement, and great fundamental basketball to beat the Clippers 108-92 in Game 1.
The Clippers, who shot a very good 45 percent for the game, simply could not slow down the Spurs offense which was even better, shooting 49 percent, including a 13 of 25 performance from long distance. The Clippers were also crushed on the boards, losing the rebounding battle 47 to 34. Tim Duncan lead the way with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
While the Clippers fought throughout, poor performances from their stars were too much to overcome. Chris Paul was just 3 for 13 from the floor, finishing with six points to go along with 10 assists. Blake Griffin finished with 15 points and nine rebounds but is still recovering from a sprained left knee and now a sprained left ankle.Read more... Join the Conversation...
May 15th, 2012 at 10:17 AM
By Jesse Kass
For the first time since 2006 the Los Angeles Clippers have advanced to the second round of the NBA Playoffs. Tonight the Clippers will begin their second round matchup with the number one seeded San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are a veteran team who's core has won four championships since 1999. Let's take a look at some of the key matchups between the two teams going into their second round matchup:
Point Guard: Tony Parker vs. Chris Paul
This is by far the most interesting matchup in the series. Parker and Paul were arguably the two best Point Guard's in the NBA this season with Paul finishing third in MVP voting and Parker finishing fifth. While Parker's three championship rings would appear to give him an edge, it is hard to go against Paul, who is the better pure point guard, shooter, and closer down the stretch. While the difference between these two is minimal and Paker could have an amazing series, the edge goes to Paul, who is playing out of this world.
Shooting Guard: Danny Green vs. Randy FoyeRead more... Join the Conversation...
May 13th, 2012 at 1:13 PM
By Jesse Kass
For much of the series between the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies, most NBA experts and analysts claimed that the Grizzlies were the better overall team.
Those experts and analysts were dead wrong.
The Los Angeles Clippers turned in a gritty, gusty team effort to take Game 7 82-72 in front of a hostile Memphis crowd. The Clippers bench accounted for 25 of the team's 27 fourth quarter points, proving that the Clippers team, not just Chris Paul, was in fact better than the Memphis Grizzlies.
The game, as expected, as nip and tick throughout, with the lead changing hands on virtually every possession. Trailing by one entering the fourth quarter, the Clippers used a 16-5 run, sparked by the bench, to grab a 71-61 lead. Instead of Paul making his usual late game heroics, it was Nick Young hitting big shots, Eric Bledsoe pushing the pace, Mo Williams hitting timely shots, and Reggie Evans and Kenyon Martin controlling the paint. Those five players accounted for 41 of the team's 82 points, compared to just 11 bench points for the Grizzlies.Read more... Join the Conversation...