The Good and The Bad: San Antonio Spurs 116, Los Angeles Clippers 90

By Joe Buettner

Feb 21, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6), power forward Blake Griffin (32) and center Ronny Turiaf (21) on the bench near the end of the game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Staples Center. Spurs won 116-90. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Good:

  • Tony Parker is not getting the MVP award, but he definitely helped his case for All-NBA First Team. Chris Paul was a no-show, while Parker lit up the Clippers. Definitely the player of the game for the San Antonio, but is he slowly becoming the premier player for the silver and black?
  • Tiago Splitter stood up to Blake Griffin. The Poster Child (does anyone actually call him this anymore?) went up for a dunk over Splitter. However, Tiago was having none of that. Splitter stood his ground sending Griffin to the floor and losing control of the ball. Splitter picked up a questionable foul, but a statement was made. This is not the same Tiago who first showed up in San Antonio.
  • Blake Griffin did have 17 points, but San Antonio’s defense really shut down Lob City. And that’s always a plus.
  • Stephen Jackson returned to the lineup after missing a few games due to family matters.To think Jackson could have been dealt Thursday, but San Antonio stayed quiet on the day of the deadline and made no moves. Hopefully Jackson can stay strong in the final stretch to the playoffs. Once again, our prayers go out to the Jackson Family.

The Bad: 

  • The Spurs did not make any trade deadline day moves, but Matt Barnes and Jamal Crawford were a big indication the Spurs really need another 3 or 4 in the rotation. The Spurs have so much depth at the guard position, and the front court is very serviceable. However, San Antonio could have benefitted from picking up another forward. Of course, there aren’t that many options available. However, a deal for Paul Millsap could’ve given San Antonio an extra edge. Though, who knows who they would’ve given up to make that happen.
  • San Antonio has to really limit the turnovers and fouls. This could have been much worse, but at times, San Antonio got careless. Teams like Miami will capitalize on mistakes like that, but the Spurs were red hot Thursday. The big shooting night made up for a few offensive sequences that did not go so well.
  • Some Clippers fan hit a half-court shot. This really isn’t bad Spurs-wise. Mainly, it’s bad because I wasn’t the one hugging that Clippers cheerleader he embraced after hitting the shot.