Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Feed: San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers [11/07/12]

Note: Of course the two games I decide to watch today were blow outs, I had thirteen games to choose from and picked the two worst ones of the night.


The Los Angeles Clippers ended the San Antonio Spurs's 5 game winning streak 106 to 84, handing Tim Duncan and company their first loss of the season. The Clippers terrorized their foes on both ends of the floor with a high octane attack that held their lead through all 4 quarters of play.

Blake Griffin scored a game high 22 points to go with his 10 rebounds (74th time to get 20 points and 10 rebounds, second to Kevin Love), DeAndre Jordan added 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks, while keeping Tim Duncan (10 points and 6 boards) quiet all night. Seven Clippers scored double digit points to Spur's two.

San Antonio struggled to find an offensive flow (41 FG%) in the smuggling Los Angeles defense. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili combined for 13 points, only a point more than their leading scorer tonight, Danny Green.

The Clippers completely dominated this game, hitting 55 percent from the field, grabbing 46 rebounds to Spur's 29 and forcing 20 turnovers. Those ridiculous numbers disrupted San Antonio all game. When ever they made a run, the Clips would stop it in the next possession, preventing their opponent from finding any spark for a comeback.

Offensive End:

They both really like to run in transition, Spurs never got going, but the Clippers did and destroyed them. For San Antonio, their two main plays are, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan pick and roll and off ball screens to get shooters in the corner for three pointers. With Manu on the floor, he will create the offense through dribble penetration. The slick ball movement that is usually present in Coach Pop's team was just not there this game.

Los Angeles goes to the post early, to get Blake or DeAndre involved. Chris Paul will find guys by attacking the paint and offense through pick and rolls. Their transition offense was smooth, guys were making good passes and finding the right person for the bucket. Props to Eric Bledsoe, who dropped 15 points in 15 minutes (of his total 22), he brought the crowd the life and gave the Clips an extra offensive push.

Defensive End:

Welp, the score pretty much says everything about Spurs's defense tonight, so I won't really get into that. I am just going to point out that they don't really double on defense, they stick with the man assigned. Boris Diaw did a good job, if Blake didn't hit those 15 footers, it would show. 

I don't know what got into the Clippers, they were playing defense at a high level and actually kept the pressure on the entire game. Their rotations were quick, and was even faster as the game progressed.

The Moments:
Man that were so many GIF worthy moments in this game, I will post them all in the Round Up that will be up later.
  • Coach Pop was so much nicer to the lady (Heather Cox) that interviewed him after the 1st quarter and he used the word "HAPPY," what a hypocrite.
  • Blake Griffin had absolutely no love for his fellow red head brother, Matt Bonner as he almost jumped over him for a dunk.
  • Chris Paul flopped on the Manu Ginobili touch foul and started shit. Got like 3 dudes T'ed up and even gave Spurs a free point on the technical penalty.
  • Jamal Crawford "nutmegged" Nando De Colo, by putting the ball through the French's legs.
  • To make the above scenario better, DeAndre Jordan's reaction was caught on camera and gave us two solid "WTF's!."

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