The San Antonio Spurs had a chance to close out the Clippers at home in game six, but they failed to do so. Instead the Clippers won 102-96 and they will host game 7 at home on Saturday night.
After losing game four at home it seemed that the Clippers didn’t have much of a shot of winning game six, with all the experience the Spurs possess, but the Clippers were a bit more hungrier. Marco Belinelli and Boris Diaw played terrific for the Spurs off the bench, but Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan were quiet.
Below are the biggest takeaways from the game.
-Three-Point Shot Found
Early in the series the Spurs couldn’t make three-point shots, with the exception of Patty Mills. For the second straight game the Spurs were hot from downtown. In game five the Spurs went 11-23 and today they went 12-28. Belinelli connected on 7-11 threes in only 22 minutes.
-Bench Play Better Than Starters
I know the Spurs have one of the best bench units in the league, but it’s not an excuse for the two best performers on your team to be off the bench. Diaw finished with 17 points and 5 assists, while Belinelli went for 23 points. Maybe it’s time for Coach Popovich to play Belinelli and Diaw a few extra minutes and sit Danny Green and Tiago Splitter more. The Spurs bench had exactly half the team points (48 of 96).
-Kawhi Leonard Silent
Kawhi Leonard was on a tear throughout the series, but today Matt Barnes and the Clippers did a terrific job of stopping him. Leonard was averaging 23.4 points on 54% field goals. In game six Leonard went for 12 points on 3-15 field goals. Expect Leonard to bounce back in game seven.
-Tim Duncan Must Be More Aggressive
Tim Duncan is too skilled to be only taking 9 shots in a huge game. Duncan went 6-9 from the field and finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. He also didn’t take a free-throw, like Leonard expect him to perform at a much higher level on Saturday night.