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Clippers have no defense for Spurs; San Antonio now up 2-0

May 18, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

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Through two games the Spurs are shooting 51 percent overall against the Clippers and 46 percent from three. They have scored more than 25 points in six of the eight quarters. It feels like every shot they take is a wide open one. They have done pretty much whatever they wanted.

The Clippers have no answers, no defense for it. Blake Griffin, slowed some by a bad knee, just cannot come close to rotating as fast as the ball moves. The Spurs are making it look easy.

San Antonio remains undefeated in the playoffs, pulling away for a 105-88 win that has them up 2-0 in the series now headed to a very busy Staples Center in Los Angeles (Clippers, Lakers and the NHL’s Kings all have home playoff games this weekend, plus the Amgen Tour of California cycling race finishes outside Staples Sunday afternoon.)

San Antonio is playing fantastic, beautiful basketball, having now won 16 in a row dating back to the regular season. Tony Parker found his grove (on his 30th birthday) and had 22, Tim Duncan had his usual efficient 18 and, as we all expected, Boris Diaw added 16. It was that kind of night for the Spurs, where Diaw is hitting everything and Tiago Splitter was 4-6 shooting.

Chris Paul struggled again to find his mojo, in part still due to injury but more because the Spurs defensive game plan is working and not letting him get the looks he wants. Nor can he get going setting up teammates. Blake had 20 to lead the Clippers, who had just two other players in double figures. If Paul and Griffin are not playing like All-Stars the Clippers have no real chance.

Thing is, the Clipper offense wasn’t that bad — they shot 49 percent, hit 9-13 threes and scored 88 points.

But if they don’t find a way to slow the Spurs offense it’s all for naught. And I’m not sure they have the pieces or the maturity to make that happen right now.

  1. rosesacl - May 18, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    griffin, dj, kmart, reggie
    can somebody guard duncan in this series?

  2. iknowzeroaboutsports - May 18, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    Spurs vs Thunder, the real NBA Finals.

    • sackofrice - May 18, 2012 at 3:50 AM

      i wouldnt mind seeing okc and the pacers in the finals

      granger vs. durant
      hill/george vs. westbrook/harden
      west/hibbert vs. ibaka/perkins

      pretty good match up…and fisher could get his 6th title.

  3. furio2929 - May 18, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Sorry. But it will b Spurs Against Heat. Miami will come back n beat the pacers. OKC and Spurs. Spurs will take it in game 6.

    • LogicalConsideration - May 18, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      Sounds like someone missed last nights result. I’m not a Lebron hater. I want him to win titles. But Bosh’s injury was just a bad break, like Rose’s for Chicago. They don’t look like a team with enough gas left in the tank to overcome the Pacers. Even if they somehow come back to win the series, the Heat will get annihilated by the Celtics, if Bosh can’t play and, even if he can play, it won’t be at full strength and it might well not be enough. For fans of team basketball, the dream Finals would be Spurs-Celtics. Both teams old enough that they have to rely on the fundamentals, rather than pure individual talent.

  4. bozosforall - May 18, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Right now, the Spurs look unbeatable. Gotta give them credit.

  5. mat9844 - May 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    You have the Spurs who are not only well-rested, but tons of playoff experience, 100% healthy and one of the best offenses in the league. The Clippers have barely no playoff experience, just got finished playing a 7 game series with the Grizzlies that was more like a wrestling match, front line plagued with injuries, and are surviving on 100% guts and determination. The lost the game but they’re not losers. Sometimes the journey is just as important as the destination.

  6. dysraw1 - May 18, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    the Spurs look like a well oiled machine playing at a level that the Clips have never seen, they will get slowed down in the next round against the Thunder but they are playing very well so the Thunder need to finish off the Lakers has fast as they can.

  7. mungman69 - May 18, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Yes, the Clippers have many injuries and are not equipped to deal with the Spurs. Right now the Spurs are the best team in the NBA.
    How about a Spurs vs. Pacers final? The Heat are in trouble, Boston is old, Thunder are real good.
    Can the Thunder hang with the Spurs?
    Comments?

  8. dmcm510 - May 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    How long until Chris Paul complains about playing for the Clippers now? Same results he always had when playing for the Hornets. Just switched David West for Blake Griffin. You need to look in the mirror CP3.

  9. lakerluver - May 18, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    San Antonio just might win it all. Of course I want the LAKERS to win it but I’m also a big Tim Duncan fan. So, if my team can’t win I’m pulling for “Timmy”.

  10. jerdogthompson - May 18, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    First of all hats off to the Spurs. What disgusted me most was how many uncontested lay ups that Parker had. This is the playoffs and just like they hack BG they should be putting Tony to the floor and making him earn it at the line. I don’t think CP had a worse game all year than that game as well. I don’t think we will see the same type of game on Sat or Sun, if we do it will be another sweep for the Spurs.

  11. furio2929 - May 18, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    mungman69 I think u got it right. Both Heat and Celtics can be takin out. It would b a good series – Spurs against Pacers. Although I’m a huge fan of the Spurs, Pacers are looking tough but will not match up against spurs cuz of the Vets and a hell of a bench.

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