Los Angeles Clippers (2) vs. San Antonio Spurs (3)
6:30 p.m. PST
April 30, 2015
FOX Prime Ticket/ TNT
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Too many Spurs…
1. Over/Under: 3.5 Patty Mills 3-pointers in Game 6.
Caleb Saenz, 48 Minutes of Hell, (@calebjsaenz): Under. Mill is averaging 2.6 a game this series, and while the Spurs shoot so much better at home, I’d expect the three-point shooting to be spread pretty evenly. I can’t shake the feeling that Danny Green is in for a big game, and if he’s on point, the Spurs can afford to leave Parker in a little longer, even if he continues to struggle with his shot.
Law Murray, (@LawMurrayTheNU): I’ll go with the under here. Mills has led the series with 13 threes made in 22 attempts. Mills is only 5-of-12 from the field inside the arc. Defending the arc has to be a priority for the Clippers in Game 6, and running hands in Mills’ grille is a major factor.
Patrick James, (@patrickmjames): Under. He’s averaging 2.6 makes per game on 59 percent shooting (yowza!), but has only drained 4 in a game once this series (in game 5). That said, if Parker is still slowed down, I could see Mills getting a green light in game 6.
2. True or False: If Game 5 was like Game 2, then Game 6 will be like Game 3.
Saenz: False. One of the few things you can count on in this series is that nothing has been predictable. When we expected close games, we got blowouts. And though they shared the same score, even the two tight games were different, hinging on unique performances and key moments. So I can’t imagine that Game 6 will follow the same blowout script of Game 3. I’d expect a tight one, but who knows?
Murray: False. Game 3 was an anomaly of putrid offensive performance. The Clippers have bounced back on that side of the ball in a road victory and a home loss.
James: True, sadly. The Clippers have worn their hearts on their sleeves all year, and they tend to get pretty down after debilitating losses. Game 5 was even rougher than game 2 (see DJ sitting on locker room floor despondently, like a kid who forgot to lock the back gate and let his dog run into traffic). It’d be a welcome surprise if they come out swinging in game 6.
3. What’s your take on the coaching battle in this series so far?
Saenz: Popovich has spent many of the games trying to find an outlet for his team’s struggling offense, using new lineups and giving backups big minutes. Going small in the last few games has yielded some promising returns. Rivers has molded the Clippers’ somewhat mediocre defense into something intimidating. And I know you can’t really credit him for Austin Rivers’ Game 4, but I’m going to anyway. He’s getting some surprisingly solid contributions from Austin and Davis. The adjustments Pop and Rivers make in Game 6 will be fascinating.
Murray: Considering Gregg Popovich and Doc Rivers’ reputations, this has been an underwhelming series for them. Give Popovich credit for having a more flexible, usable rotation of players to run through. The Spurs have won three of the last four in this series despite Parker being downright terrible, Green shooting under 30 percent from three, and centers Tiago Splitter and Aron Baynes being worked over. But Popovich hasn’t exactly helped the Spurs with who he has chosen to draw fouls in the second halves. The Clippers did their job in Game 1 and tied the series once already. Obviously, Rivers is trying to manage a volatile team, and he seemed exasperated by the mounting criticism Tuesday night. We’ll learn a lot about Rivers’ value as a coach Thursday night – the season-long trolling about his personnel management has already been spoken for.
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