NBA Playoffs 2012: Spurs (7-0) vs. Clippers (4-6)
May 19, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) defends a shot by Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) during the first half of game three of the Western Conference semi finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE
– Time: 9:30 p.m.
– TV: TNT
– Radio: 1200 WOAI, 1350 KCOR
– Spurs injury report: None.
– Clippers injury report: None.
– Best Game 3 plus/minus: Caron Butler (zero points, six rebounds, three assists) posted a team high +3 in 24:07.
– Worst Game 3 plus/minus: Chris Paul (19 points, two assists) posted a team low -11 in 23:22.
– Los Angeles shot 9-for-18 from the foul line; they are shooting 64.8% this series.
– Eight of those misses came from Reggie Evans who was Pop’s target for his patented “Hack-A-Shaq” philosophy.
– Blake Griffin grabbed 16 rebounds (a new playoff high) and added 28 points. Griffin scored 14 points in the first quarter.
– Los Angeles is 27-16 when Griffin notches a double-double.
– The Clippers outrebounded the Spurs (44-41) for the first game all series.
– The Clippers are 19-8 when Chris Paul notches a double-double. Paul totaled 12 points and 11 assists in Game 3.
– Eric Bledsoe, Game 1’s darling, had another poor offensive game. He finished with two points, two assists and one rebound in 16:14.
– Tim Duncan posted his fourth double-double of the playoffs, with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
– Tony Parker has surpassed the 20-point plateau four times in the postseason, including two consecutive games with 20-plus points.
– The Spurs are No. 1 in points per possessions on plays classified as cuts (1.29 PPP), put backs (1.43 PPP) and spot-ups (1.19 PPP) during the playoffs.
– San Antonio is second in pick-and-roll (0.89 PPP) and transition (1.27 PPP).
– In every statistical category during the playoffs, San Antonio bests the Clippers in PPP.
Information courtesy of Basketball Reference and mySynergy sports.com