They have a tendency to split two-game sets against the same opponent this season, but the LA Clippers will look to make it a road sweep this week against the San Antonio Spurs, who they’ll meet again Thursday evening after beating them on Wednesday evening.
With the NBA trade deadline coming in the interim, we could see some big news on the Clippers front before tip-off...or not, we’ll see.
When: Thursday, Mar. 25 at 5:30 p.m. PT
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
How to watch/listen: Fox Sports Prime Ticket, AM 570 Radio
Opposing perspective: Pounding the Rock
Projected Starting Lineups
Clippers (29-16): Reggie Jackson, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Ivica Zubac, Marcus Morris Sr.
Spurs (22-19): DeMar DeRozan, Keldon Johnson, Jakob Poeltl, Derrick White, Dejounte Murray
Clippers: Serge Ibaka (back tightness), Patrick Beverley (right knee soreness) — OUT
Spurs: Rudy Gay (left foot) — QUESTIONABLE; LaMarcus Aldridge (not with team), Keita Bates-Diop (right hamstring), Lonnie Walker IV (right wrist) — OUT
The Clippers went 12 deep in another game, but this time it was to share the load as they rolled over the Spurs 134-101 on Wednesday to open the back-to-back. They hit a groove early and behind the exploits of Kawhi Leonard in his old stomping grounds, six LA players all told hit double digits in points, including Lou Williams reaching 15,000 in his NBA career.
Ty Lue’s team now have won three games in a row for the first time in weeks, and it looks like a corner may finally be turned with the possibility of a new player joining up at the trade deadline and the playoffs coming up soon. The Clippers have split a lot of two-game sets against the same opponent, but they are a stellar 7-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season, so we’ll see which statistical trend prevails for them in this game.
The Spurs have lost three straight, meanwhile, and Gregg Popovich yanked his top unit early on Wednesday with the writing on the wall. With San Antonio not yet assured of even a play-in playoff spot in the Western Conference, never mind a full playoff spot, they can’t afford to drop too many home games, and expect a few adjustments in this latest meeting against the Clippers. Regardless, there’s plenty to play for on both sides in this game.