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San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Clippers: Game Preview

Dec 18, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) and San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) fight for position under the basket at the AT&T Center. San Antonio won 115-107. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 18, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) and San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) fight for position under the basket at the AT&T Center. San Antonio won 115-107. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Antonio Spurs (45-8) continue their Rodeo-Road Trip against the Los Angeles Clippers (35-18) Thursday Night on TNT. Spurs are 17-8 on the road this season.

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With the All-Star festivities now over, the ailing Spurs hope a week off helps boost them back into their rodeo road trip, which continues Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.

San Antonio having their best start in franchise-history is on pace for the third-best record in NBA history– but some still balk that the aging Spurs can compete with the Golden State Warriors in the West.

Concerning though is the health of the Spurs, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan. Ginobili will miss at least another two weeks after undergoing testicular surgery earlier this month. Duncan returned from an eight-game absence before the break, but still does not seem to be at 100-percent.

San Antonio has won three straight road games, including victories over the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic before the break.

Dec 18, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) celebrates the Spurs

The Clippers will get their shot against the league’s top two teams as they open a four-game homestand with matchups against the Spurs and Warriors at Staples Center, where Los Angeles is 17-8.

San Antonio made 10 of 19 3-pointers while visiting Los Angeles connected on 10 of 24 in a 115-107 Spurs’ victory Dec. 18 in the first meeting. They have split the last 10 games in Los Angeles, including the playoffs.

LaMarcus Aldridge had a double-double in the teams first meeting against the Clippers — he went for 26 and 13 rebounds. Tony Parker added 21 and Kawhi Leonard 19 in the win.

Blake Griffin scored 25 for the Clippers, but will be sidelined until sometime next month with a broken hand. Chris Paul finished with 27.

The Spurs and Clippers are set to tip-off at 10:30 PM EST on TNT.

Next: Aldridge Stepping Up At Right Time

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