San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers: Game 5 Prediction, Keys, Injuries

By George Middleton
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The San Antonio Spurs will take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night at the Staples Center for game 5 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

The game is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on TNT. The game can also be heard on the radio on WOAI 1200 AM.

Apr 26, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) drives to the basket as San Antonio Spurs power forward Boris Diaw (33) defends in game four of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The Clippers beat the Spurs 114-105 in game 4 in San Antonio. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 26 points and 5 assists, Tim Duncan added 22 points and 14 rebounds. Chris Paul was sensational with 34 points and 7 assists.

Injuries

San Antonio Spurs

No significant injuries.

Los Angeles Clippers

Matt Barnes– Matt Barnes is probable despite having a shoulder injury.

Hedo Turkoglu– Hedo Turkoglu will play despite having a sprained ankle.

Keys to Beating Clippers in Game 5

-Eliminate Bench Production

Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford are waking up, which only means trouble for the Spurs. Rivers and Crawford combined for 31 points in game 4. Rivers shot 7-8 from the field. If the two guards produce at a high level like they did the last time out, the Clippers are favorites to win the game.

-Stop Settling For Jumpers

The Spurs have struggled throughout the series from three-point range, with the exception of Patty Mills. They must look to feed the post (Tim Duncan) and Kawhi Leonard on isolation situations. The Spurs have only shot over 35% once in the entire series (game 3).

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