– Time: 8:30 p.m.
– TV: ESPN
– Radio: 1200 WOAI, 1350 KCOR
– Clippers injury report: Blake Griffin (sprained left knee) remains officially questionable, according to CBS Sports, although he will probably play tonight.
– Spurs injury report: None.
– Best Game 1 plus/minus: Mo Williams and Nick Young both posted a team-high +4.
– Worst Game 1 plus/minus: Blake Griffin posted a -24 in 28:24.
- Eric Bledsoe posted an impressive 23-5-4 and three steals line, matching his career high in points set on Mar. 12, 2011.
- Chris Paul scored six points on 3-13 shooting. It was the first time since an Apr. 12 meeting against Minnesota where Paul failed to reach double-digits.
- Griffin opened the gates early with a couple of dunks en route to six first quarter points. Griffin didn’t do more damage, however, as he finished with 15 points on 7-of-17 shooting.
- The Spurs converted on 13 3-pointers but only three came from the corner. That is surprising for a Spurs team that is highly regarded as the No. 1 shooting team from the corner. For a Clippers team that wasn’t able to prevent any open 3-pointers on Tuesday, this isn’t exactly a stat in their favor.
- The Clippers are 34.2 points per 100 possessions better while Bledsoe is on the court compared to when he’s on the bench.
- In his last three games, Bledsoe is averaging 15 points, 4.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds.
- The Clippers attempted 39 shots inside the paint compared to 40 for San Antonio.
- Los Angeles missed an astounding 18 shots from inside the paint (non-restricted area) indicating that the Spurs were a little fortunate from a couple fortuitous shots. Los Angeles converted on 38.5% of their shots the paint, down from their season mark of 54.5%.
- The Clippers attempted 25 midrange jumpers, shots they converted at an abnormally high 52%.
- Kawhi Leonard notched 16 points and six rebounds, marking his second postseason game with at least 10 points.
- San Antonio prevented the Clippers from getting to the line in Game 1. Their 13 attempts was their seventh lowest total of the season.
- Interestingly, the Clippers went small for a large portion of the second half with Kenyon Martin anchoring the 5. They made a nice little rally but the Spurs adjusted and squelched the run. We’ll see if Del Negro implements this lineup combination tonight.