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San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Clippers: Post Game Grades

Feb 18, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talks to referees during the 2nd half against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talks to referees during the 2nd half against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Antonio Spurs (45-9) lost to the Los Angeles Clippers (36-18), 105-86 on Thursday Night. Kawhi Leonard missed the game with a left calf injury. Spurs are 17-9 on the road this season.

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The Good: The second unit combined for half of the teams total of 86 points. Manu Ginobili still recovering from surgery was out. David West led with 12 points on 4 of 6 shooting. He also grabbed four rebounds in 18 minutes of play. Rasual Butler also gave the Spurs a lift as he scored eight points on 4 of 7 shooting in 20 minutes of play.

The Bad: Starters struggled. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with a season low 10 points on 3 of 12 shooting. With the Spurs leading scorer Leonard missing the game with an injury. Spurs were out rebounded 45-33. The Spurs 34 points in the first half were a season-low.

Quote of the Night: West gave his perspective on how the game went of the Spurs. “”The group did not play at a high enough level to win a road game,” West said. “We were not solid enough, and obviously we shot the ball like crap in the first half. We just could not execute enough to keep pace with them.”

PG. San Antonio Spurs. TONY PARKER. D+. 14 points (6-13 FG), 4 assists — He was one bright spot for the Spurs. Parker hit six of his 13 attempts. Parker defensively had his plate full with Clippers Chris Paul. Paul went for 28 points and 12 assists.

DANNY GREEN. D. 4 points (2-9 FG), 5 rebounds, 3 assists — Struggles continue on the offensive side for Green. He was just 2 of 9 from the floor and ended with a  goose egg from 3.  . SG. San Antonio Spurs

C+. 8 points (4-6 FG), 3 rebounds, 2 steals — Anderson filling in for Leonard played a decent game. He had eight points on 4 of 6 shooting. He also grabbed three rebounds and did his best Leonard impersonation as he had two steals.. SF. San Antonio Spurs. KYLE ANDERSON

F. 10 points (3-12 FG), 3 rebounds — Just an ugly outing for Aldridge. He was not in sync at all during the game and shot the ball bad. Definitely a game that he can bounce back from. You know as they say you can only go up from here, lets hope this is not a trend for Aldridge. . PF. San Antonio Spurs. LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE

F. 2 points (1-6 FG), 6 rebounds — Timmeh, Timmeh, Timmeh. That game is behind you now. Duncan struggled offensively as he did from keeping DeAndre Jordan off of the boards. Jordan grabbed 17.. C. San Antonio Spurs. TIM DUNCAN

San Antonio Spurs. SECOND UNIT. B. 48 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists — Well they did their part. West led the second unit with 12 points. As the team struggled through their worst first half of the season, the bench did what they could to keep the team in striking distance. In the end the Clippers were just too much for the silver and black.. Bench

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