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San Antonio Spurs Playoffs: Player Grades from Game One Loss to Los Angeles Clippers

By Jay Desai

The San Antonio Spurs lost their first playoff opener in four years on Sunday night, losing to the Los Angeles Clippers 107-92 on the road.

The Spurs fell behind early by 12 points in the first quarter and could never recover, eventually losing by the final margin of 15.

Kawhi Leonard carried his recent string of solid games into Sunday’s outing, adding 18 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Tim Duncan also played well, recording an 11 point, 11 rebound double-double.

For the Clippers, it was all about the Chris Paul show. The MVP candidate electrified the crowd with 32 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. Blake Griffin put on a show as well for Clippers nation, 26 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists.

Now that the game is over, we have San Antonio Spurs playoffs post-game grades from game one of the Spurs-Clippers series.

Check out our grades below!

F. <strong><a href=. PG. San Antonio Spurs. TONY PARKER

Players are more scrutinized in the playoffs, and fairly so as each following game has more and more value. <strong><a href=. SG. San Antonio Spurs. DANNY GREEN. D-

B+. Kawhi Leonard continued to be the focal point of the offense, this time in game one of the playoffs. Leonard finished with a team-high 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, along with six rebounds and three assists. The 6-foot-7 forward also played with active hands, picking up four steals. Leonard really didn’t have too much trouble defensively but one area where we could see some improvement is in the turnover department. The former San Diego State star committed four in the game.. SF. San Antonio Spurs. KAWHI LEONARD

B. Tim Duncan had a good, not great game one for the Spurs in this year’s playoffs. When it was all said and done, Duncan came out with an 11 point, 11 rebound double-double. Although his shooting was a bit inefficient for a power forward, 4-of-10, the former Wake Forest star made up for it with contributions in other areas. Duncan added two blocks and steal, making for a solid night. One place where the five-time champion has to play better in this series, however, is one-on-one defense against Blake Griffin. Duncan was exploited by the former rookie of the year for 26 points and 12 rebounds.. PF. San Antonio Spurs. TIM DUNCAN

INC. <strong><a href=. C. San Antonio Spurs. TIAGO SPLITTER

B-. The San Antonio Spurs bench outscored the Los Angeles Clippers bench 43-22, however, it was by a very inefficient process. The Spurs reserves needed 44 shots to get there, connecting on only 15 of those attempts. <strong><a href=. . . SAN ANTONIO SPURS BENCH

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