In a matter of a week, the Los Angeles Clippers have already beaten the Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs, all of whom are expected to make the playoffs this season.
They beat the No. 1 seeded Spurs soundly by 22 points, snapping their four-game winning streak in the process.
The loss, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, predicated on the Clippers’ aggression. It also didn’t hurt that they made 55.3 percent of their attempts, including 17-for-24 shooting (70.8 percent) in their 35-point third quarter.
“The Clippers played well,” Popovich said. “That’s why they kicked our ass. They were emotional, more aggressive. It meant something to them, for all the obvious reasons and they played like that for most of the 48 minutes.
“We played like that for a half, and after that I don’t think we played with the same intensity that they did and it showed. If you play a team that was as committed as they were tonight and Tony and Manu (Ginobili) and Tim (Duncan) all have poor games we’re going to struggle.”