The week started off great, as the Clippers, down 1-2 to the Spurs in their first round series, came out victorious in Game 4 in San Antonio on Sunday, 114-105. The Clippers were lead by Chris Paul, with 34 points and 7 assists, with only 1 turnover. Blake Griffin had 20 points and a career playoff high 19 rebounds. The unlikely hero of the game was Austin Rivers, who had 16 points, while making 7 of 8 shots.
The series shifted to Los Angeles for Game 5 on Tuesday. This time, the Spurs came out victorious, and took the lead in the series 3-2. The game was filled with controversy, with many questionable calls in both directions, but the Spurs seemed to get more calls that turned into points, while the Clippers got the calls that seemed to take points away. Even with all the drama, and horrid three point shooting by the Clippers, Blake Griffin seemed to hit a game winning shot with 4 seconds left, only for it to be taken away by a basket interference call on Deandre Jordan by the ref with the worst possible angle to make the call. Final score: Spurs 111 - Clippers 107
After the game, Clippers coach Doc Rivers criticized the referees for the many questionable calls, which the NBA anounced the following day that they had fined Doc Rivers $25,000 for his comments about the refs.
With the Clippers on the brink of elimination, the teams traveled back to San Antonio for Game 6. The Spurs had control, if they won they would win the series, if the Clippers won, the series would head back to Los Angeles for a Game 7. And guess what.... the Clippers won, 102 - 96. Although Chris Paul and Blake Griffin struggled in the first half, they were able to turn their play around in the second half, and take control of the game in front of 18,581 mostly Spurs fans. Talk about clutch.
Toward the end of the game, Big Baby, Glen Davis, injured his foot/ankle in what the Clippers are offically calling an ankle sprain. But, when the replay was shown on the TNT broadcast, I did not see a moment where his ankle actually bent in a wrong way. The TNT broadcasters mentioned that Big Baby broke the same foot a couple seasons back while playing for the Orlando Magic. Fingers crossed that it is just an ankle injury, and not another broken foot, because he has been the most important player off the bench in the playoffs for the Clippers so far.