The San Antonio Spurs squared off against the Los Angeles Clippers in a matchup where both teams were equally anxious to turn things around after facing numerous challenges to start the season. The Clippers desperately needed a win, especially after trading their remaining draft capital to add James Harden to the mix last month. San Antonio matched their intensity for the first half but fell into a rough patch, losing their ninth straight game.
Stud: Cedi Osman
Cedi Osman continues to be a revelation for this young Spurs team while not giving up much ground defensively. Even when the offense slumps, as long as you can generate a decent look, he can bring some much-needed energy with a timely three-pointer or backdoor cut. Initially considered an afterthought when he was acquired via trade this summer, the veteran sharpshooter has endeared himself to Spurs fans, and they want to bring him back on a long-term deal next offseason.
The 28-year-old forward is a reliable role player who supplies San Antonio with solid depth insurance in case any of their wings get injured. He seamlessly fits into almost any lineup and meshes with a wide range of personnel. His minutes should only trend up from here, possibly at the expense of fellow marksman Doug McDermott. Osman is also one of the common denominators across some of the Spurs' most productive lineups.