Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs
7:30 p.m. PST
February 19, 2015
FOX Prime Ticket/ TNT
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1. What’s up with Tony Parker this season?
Trevor Zickgraf, 48 Minutes of Hell, (@yowhatupT): I don’t think he’s been healthy and in shape since sometime last June. He was rested but not totally in shape at the start of the season. Then he got hurt. So he’s getting back into form… hopefully.
J.D. Evans: The first thing to note is that he’s been very good the last five games, so whatever was up with him might not be up anymore. Otherwise, his hamstrings have been troublesome as long as I can remember, and now he’s 32–not exactly a good age to be if you’re a speedy guard.
Brandon Tomyoy, (@dingyu): The partially torn left hamstring that Tony Parker suffered in December is a large reason for his up and down play this season. Going into the last game the Spurs played against the Clippers, he had admitted that the injury is still on his mind. At least in terms of scoring output, Parker has started to play better since the start of February, so this may be one of those things where it’s only a matter of time before he begins to resemble the player we know him to be.
2. Will the Spurs still be in the 7th seed by the end of the Rodeo Road Trip?
Zickgraf: I’m going to say they move up a couple of spots. Everything is so packed and the schedule isn’t too tough as it relates to back-to-backs, I think the time to make their move up the standings is now. Also, they’re healthier then almost every team in front of them.
Evans: In the last month, the Spurs have only beaten one genuine playoff team; they have to play three on the road trip. The Clippers are probably a .500 team right now. The Spurs will lose at Golden State and Portland, win at Utah and Sacramento, and Phoenix is a toss up. So it depends on tonight’s game. If the Spurs lose, yes. If they win, they’ll be somewhere between third and sixth.
Tomyoy: They should be higher than the 7th seed by the end of the trip. The only three playoff contending teams remaining on the trip are the Clippers, Warriors, Blazers, and Suns, and these Spurs have shown a history of matching up well against these teams. In general, though, the Spurs have been a great team down the stretch, having won 73% of their regular games after the All-Star break over the past three seasons.
3. Should the Clippers trade Jamal Crawford?
Zickgraf: I think yes, only because they’re so starved for wing depth and by that I mean wings that are above average defenders. I’m just curious what his value is. Is it worth it offer him for Arron Afllalo straight up? Is that enough? Determining someone’s value is one of the most intriguing parts of this year’s trade deadline.
Evans: It’s hard to imagine what the bench offense will look like without him, but it has to be better than Crawford’s own personal 7-seconds or less reign. Of course, it depends if anyone wants him enough to give anything up. The Clips would probably have to take a big chance on someone (e.g., Stephenson) to make a deal.
Tomyoy: No. While Jamal has only shown flashes of brilliance for the Clippers since the end of November, he’s still their only reliable scoring option off the bench. To trade him would lead to questions of who could replace his scoring output as well as whether or not the bench would have enough time left in the regular season to acclimate to playing without him — especially if the player coming in the trade is expected to fill in for much of Crawford’s scoring output. An even greater issue to consider: given the poor track record and reputation of the Clippers’ GM triumvirate of Doc Rivers, Gary Sacks, and Dave Wohl, what evidence is there to show LAC is even capable of getting decent value in return for Jamal?