Los Angeles Clippers (1) vs. San Antonio Spurs (0)
7:30 p.m. PST
April 22, 2015
FOX Prime Ticket/ TNT
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So. Many. Dunks.
1. Did the Spurs just have a bad shooting night in Game One or were there bigger issues at play?
Trevor Zickgraf, 48 Minutes of Hell, (@yowhatupT): It was definitely a bad shooting night. Boris Diaw and Danny Green don’t miss 19 combined shots very often, so let’s assume that won’t happen again. There are bigger issues though. Mostly how banged up in Tony Parker? The two days off in between games will surely help if it’s just minor bruising or an ankle tweak.
Seth Partnow, (@SethPartnow): Yes and no. The Spurs are unlikely to shoot 30% from 3 and 54% from the line all series. But the Clippers’ deserves some credit. Not just DeAndre protecting the basket, but CP3 doing a great job preventing penetration as well. Blake was more active defensively than any game in recent memory as well.
Law Murray, (@LawMurrayTheNU): There were more things going on than just bad shooting for the Spurs in Game 1. For starters, they turned the ball over 15 times. Four of those turnovers were by Kawhi Leonard. Tony Parker and backup PGs Cory Joseph and Patty Mills combined for only two assists in Game 1. And then you have the fact that a few more made threes doesn’t make up for how poor their defense was. L.A. shot 51 percent from the game. Spurs have more than shooting to fix tonight.
2. There’s got to be an adjustment in how the Spurs guard Chris Paul, right?
Zickgraf: Yeah, I’m guessing he’s getting a healthy dose of Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard for the rest of the series. Green’s guarded Paul with some success and Kawhi is Kawhi. I anticipate Green gets him early, Kawhi down the stretch.
Partnow: Likely more than one, as Pop likely knows he will have to throw more than one look at Paul over the course of the game. One adjustment to look for is for the bigger Spurs defenders such as Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard to give Paul slightly more cushion in order to prevent the blow-by’s Paul was getting in Game 1.
Murray: You would think; it’s not ideal to allow Chris Paul to score 32 points on 20 shots if you plan on winning the game! Look for the Spurs to be more aggressive on Paul and force Paul to beat them by finding his teammates. Chris Paul had “only” six assists in Game 1. They may want to put Danny Green or Leonard on Paul earlier, and have defensive liability Parker start on Matt Barnes or J.J. Redick.
3. How important is Tiago Splitter to the Spurs’ chances in this series?
Zickgraf: His defense is crucial. He’s the only defender with the foot speed and size to have a chance against Blake Griffin. I don’t think Aron Baynes will lose any confidence by getting Vine’d three times in one game, but he’s clearly not the answer in the starting line up. Wonder if we see Boris Diaw inserted into the starting line up if Splitter can’t go.
Partnow: Since it certainly doesn’t look like Aron Baynes can be on the court against the Clippers’ starters, Tiago is going to be pretty big here. Splitter’s ability to move off the ball and make quick decisions with it were sorely lacking in many of San Antonio’s Game 1 lineups, while he also figures to provide slightly more defensive resistance than did Baynes.
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