Over at FOX Sports West, I wrote about five takeaways from from the Clippers’ 89-85 win loss to the Spurs on Monday. Click here to read the full piece. Here is an excerpt on the Clippers’ real issue (Hint: it’s not turnovers):
All of the discussion about this game will be about the Clips’ late-game mistakes offensively, but it was their defense that cost them this game. The mismatch of Crawford on Leonard caused their entire defense to scramble — Jordan often to leave Tim Duncan to double the post, which forced another defender to crash into the paint, freeing up a San Antonio shooter to either shoot, drive or pass — and gave the Spurs far too many open looks. Luckily for the Clippers, the Spurs couldn’t convert, shooting just 9 of 36 on uncontested shots (25 percent). For comparison’s sake, the Clips shot 14 of 31 (45 percent) on uncontested shots. The Spurs simply missed a ton of good, open looks. If just a few of those go down, the game could’ve been ugly.