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Clippers vs. Spurs preview and game thread: Clippers finally return home

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LA’s first home game of 2021!

LA Clippers v Phoenix Suns Photo by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images

Though the Clippers likely should have won by a lot more in their last contest against the Suns, they still pulled out the victory. LA returns home to play their first game of 2021, as they’ll welcome the always competitive San Antonio Spurs to town.

Game information

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

When: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 7:00 p.m. PT

How to watch/listen: Fox Sports Prime Ticket, AM 570 LA Sports

Projected starting lineups

Clippers: Patrick Beverley, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Nicolas Batum, Serge Ibaka

Spurs: Keldon Johnson, Lonnie Walker IV, DeMar DeRozan, Dejounte Murray, Jakob Poeltl

Injuries/absences

Clippers: Marcus Morris Sr. (sore right knee), Jay Scrubb (foot surgery) — OUT

Spurs: LaMarcus Aldridge, Derrick White, Quinndary Weatherspoon — OUT


The Clippers are fresh off a thrilling five-point victory over Phoenix on Sunday night. After leading by as many as 31, LA saw their lead get cut down all the way down to one. Luckily for all our sanity, they still pulled out the victory. Paul George was excellent, as he dropped a season-high 39 points.

It was the worst game of the season for Kawhi Leonard, and maybe his worst as a Clipper. He scored 15 points, but he shot 4-for-21 from the field. Here’s to hoping he shoots a tad better tonight, even though that won’t really be too hard.

Meanwhile, the Spurs are desperate for a win. After starting the season 2-0, they’ve lost their last four games in a row. Their last game was a 21-point loss at the hands of the Jazz. Through six games, DeMar DeRozan has been playing like an All-Star, as he’s averaging 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent from the field.

The Spurs are near the bottom of the league in regards to defense, as they’re allowing 115 points per game. Opponents are shooting just under 48 percent from the field against them and are shooting 41.1 percent from three, the second highest mark in the NBA. The Clippers are currently shooting 41.7 percent from three, the second best in the NBA. If the three is falling for LA tonight, this game could be over quickly.