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Doc: Kawhi in the third quarter was sensational. He changed the game.
“I thought Kawhi’s dribble penetration really hurt us.” - Doc said LA can live with Kawhi’s post ups, but not DP too.
Doc on Kawhi"I thought Kawhi really hurt us off the dribble tonight."
Paul w/ 7 pts, 4 assists. Rivers said Green D'd him up about as well as anyone has this year.
Remember when everyone thought the Clippers' issues were all Vinny Del Negro's fault? Pepperidge Farm remembers..
Doc: “I thought we got our butt kicked. Every time we missed a shot, we played less and less defense.”
Doc: I don't know about effort and execution. I know we got our butt kicked.
Pop on not reading into blowout: “We’re not that good and they’re not what we saw tonight, without a doubt.”
Pop on Kawhi "He's not a 1 trick pony kind of guy. He's something else."
“It was he was either going to finish with 30 or finish with 75.” Drew Gooden on DeMar DeRozan
Pop said tonight is in no way a description of what the Clippers really are. Said Spurs have to throw tonight’s win out.
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili combined for 12 points. The Spurs still won by 27.
Pop “We had a great night shooting, they had a difficult night shooting.” Said it was one of those games where one team shot well, other bad
My bad, Leonard had 32.
"SPURS put foot to dat Clipper Ass!!!' Only Samuel L. could come up with that one...
Spurs bury the Clippers 100-73. Sends the Champs Up 2 games to 1. Game 4 Sunday afternoon. Worst & Lowest scoring P-O gm ever for LAC. Ouch!
There have been a few "passing the torch" moments over past year or so. But this def. felt like another one - Leonard w/ 29; Big 3 w/ 12.
100-73 doesn't look cosmetic, but it was 92-55 with just over 5:00 left. That 18-8 run didn't look like it made CP or Blake feel any better.
"But look, referees miss calls. But there's just a lot of physical stuff going on out there that just doesn't look kosher to me." - Carlisle
John Wall on Pierce: "He's the Truth for a reason."
Spurs blow out Clippers100-73, take a 2-1 lead in best of 7 series. Game 4 is Sunday in San Antonio#NBAPlayoffs
Carlisle: "The officials (have) got to get that stuff under control, because there's too much physical stuff going on."
Final: Spurs 100, Clippers 73. Kawhi with 32 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks.
Pierce: "I'm always ready."
Duncan, Ginobili, Parker combine for 12 points and the Clippers stll lose. Just saying...
Two players tossed as grounds crew was putting the tarp on the field. As I've said before, you always see something new at a baseball game.
Spurs dominate the Clippers, winning 100-73 and leading wire-to-wire to take a 2-1 lead in the series. http://t.co/d8SAKWGNtu
The Spurs' defense has a new franchise low for the Clippers, with LAC scoring just 73 points in the loss. Previous was 80.
Final: Clippers lose Game 3 100-73. Franchise postseason lows for points scored, field-goal percentage (34.1). Spurs lead series 2-1.
The Spurs take a 2-1 series lead with a 100-73 victory over the Clippers. Kawhi Leonard: 32 points (career high), 3 steals, 2 blocks.
Salt Lake-Fresno game (3-3) suspended w/two out in the bottom of the 10th. Nobody happy but it was getting dangerous. Umps had no choice.
Spurs beat Clippers, 100-73, handing Clippers a season low for points. Pop says something to Doc that makes him smile and pats him on rear.
Spurs romp 100-73 in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead over the Clippers. Game 4 on Sunday. Leonard sets career-high w/ 32 points.
FINAL: Spurs 100, Clippers 73. The Spurs take a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 is in San Antonio on Sunday.
Clippers mop-unit playing with some effort, so there's that.
"We're struggling. We're not hitting shots and that's costing us the series.” - Greivis Vasquez. Toronto ranked No. 3 in offensive rating
And with that timeout, the AT&T center crowd is filing out like the orc horde scattered across the Field of Pelennor.
Hornets fanatics say "Nothing would ever be this embarrassing!" Um, it's 92-59 in a playoff game.
Aron Baynes likes basketball again!!! AK
Amir: “They hit some tough shots and now we're down 3-0 got our backs against the wall. Now it's just win or go home."
Parker and Duncan have combined for 10 points. Spurs lead by 33. This may be the wildest stat of them all.
If Jeff Ayres can score in these last 3 minutes, every Spur in uniform will have scored in this game.
The Truth on Wiz struggles during season: "Young guys ... they like to have good times on the road, they go out, they party sometimes"
The coaches son has 8 points on 3/9 shooting.
Add Raymond Felton (hamstring) and Richard Jefferson (calf) to Mavs' injury list. Not sure about status of either for Sunday's Game 4.
The Truth on why Wiz struggled during season: "Young guys ... they like have good times on the road, they go out, they party sometimes"
Pierce/Porter a +25 together in 44 minutes through 3 games. Played just 156 minutes together in the regular season.
Who's the guy with the crown?
The Clippers bench is shooting 4/30 (13.33 percent) from the field.
Good pass, Hawes!
Now Marco has caught fire, he's got 9 points off the bench. SA by 37.
No other team breaks ones spirit as emphatically as the Spurs
Keep jacking up 22 footers Austin Rivers.
Six minutes remain in a playoff game and the Clippers have 55 points. IN A PLAYOFF GAME. The Spurs are something else.
Feels like Spurs are up 3-0 after this game.
Spurs by 34. It's a Fiesta Friday. Some people gonna get sloppy tonight.
Marco leaning jumper ot the right - Doc timeout. Spurs by 34 over the 3rd seeded Clippers.
Clippers calling timeout now? Why? So Sam Cassell can enter the game?
Crawford and CP3 were a 4 for 18 combined. Thanks for coming
Leonard about to get stuck behind a podium for the second time in two days. Might retire on the spot, never to be seen again.
Spurs by 32, 6:45 left.
Harden joined elite group w/ 42p, 9a, 5r in playoff a game. SInce '85 only Barkley, Drexler, KJ, Magic, Michael, T-Mac and of course Rondo.
DeRozan on history of 0-3 teams: "I really don’t care. Records are always meant to be be broken. If we feed into it, we've already lost.”
Doc should put in Jimmy Goldstein.
The NBA is in trouble. Spurs Bot is fully-activated
Jeff Ayres time in late April.
Pop has also taken Kawhi out of the game. At least Kawhi got his career high.
Doc has pulled all his starters. Pop calls time with SA leading by 30 and 7:19 left. Baynes to check in.
Spurs outscoring LAC 39-17 in the second half. Leonard with 16 of those points.
Kawhi is getting “MVP” chants at the foul line. That does not sound too far fetched if he keeps playing this way next year.
Kawhi now has a playoff career high with 32 points. Fans chant "MVP."
DeMar on tech for shoving Otto: “I just dont like nobody talking trash to me. I dont say nothing to nobody. They shouldnt say nothing to me”
Clips down 30 with 730 to go and Mark Jackson is cautioning Spurs not to let Spencer Hawes get hot
And there it is. Kawhi Leonard sets a new career-high with 31 points.
A loud "MVP!" chant for Kawhi Leonard. Why not? He's won almost everything else.
in terms of competitive series' this may be the worst first round in nba playoff history
Lakers could have lost by this much...
Kawhi Leonard's 32 points is more than any 3 Clippers have scored combined
To say this is garbage time would be putting it kindly. Spurs 85, Clippers 55 with 7:39 left.
What changed for DeRozan after the 1stQ? “Nothing. I just missed shots. They didn’t do nothing at all. Every shot I took felt good"
And the MVP chants rain down. Slow down there, folks. Let's let him make an All-Star team first.
Kawhi gets MVP chants as he shoots the free throw. Career high 32 for Kawhi now.
All Clippers starters out now with 7:39 left when Glen Davis replaces J.J. Redick and Spurs ahead 84-55.
There it is -- 31 points for Leonard on the jumper, and one. New career-high, PS or otherwise.
Spencer Hawes is in now. Towel officially thrown in.
Kawhi Leonard has a career high 31 points after drilling the and-1 opp.
Spencer Hawes in for Clippers, who are down 82-55. This is the Clippers White Flag going up
Paul Pierce says he will leave "It" to be interpreted by the media. He isn't going to explain it but seems to me he did with his game.
Eight minutes left in Game 3 and the Clippers have just 55 points. So, um, yeah. Spurs.
Has anyone adequately explained what happened to Spencer Hawes?
Spencer Hawes is in the game. Good night now.
CP3 heads to the bench. Lester Hudson? makes his first appearance. Also, Spencer Hawes checks in (shooter).
Spencer Hawes time.
Lester Hudson in for Chris Paul -- starters coming out with 8 minutes left.
Paul Pierce: "Our focus right now is not to go back through customs."
Leonard gets it in the post, the Clippers -- finally -- double. THEY WILL NOT LET KAWHI BEAT THEM.
Really 53 points?
Still think the Clippers probably lost this series by dropping Game 2. It was going to be tough to win any game here.
The Kawhi Effect - He had Paul in the post, Clips were focused only on that, SA found Beli on the cut.
Spurs up 27 points. Kawhi checks into the game. This is unfair.
Promptly dunked on by DeAndre Jordan, cutting the Spurs lead to 25.
I spoke too soon. Leonard is back. For why, I cannot say.
Why would sideline 'reporter' thank Popovich for bring seriously uncooperative?
Raps went 3-0 in regular season. Wizards up 3-0 now. DeRozan with one word why: "Playoffs."
Kawhi checks into the game with the Spurs leading by 27. The dude has 29 points already.
Looks like the Spurs are Spursing again.
It's got to be tough for Paul to guard Parker for a majority of the game, then have to guard a Monster Energy Drink in Mills.
Somewhere, Wade, Bosh, Haslem, and Spoelstra are seeing the Spurs score and laughing. On the outside. Inside, just tears.
Pop is like your buddy that pulls the "Can you hear me now" joke at work functions. Except your buddy isn't the best coach in sports.
Spurs are up 27 now with 9:13 left and the biggest Fiesta party in San Antonio is breaking out at AT&T Center.
Coming in through 101 mins of Game 1 & 2, Blake played 89 mins, Paul 80 mins. Have looked as energetic since G1.
Make that 29 percent.
So, with an early tip for Game 4 on Sunday, it would seem as if Leonard will be denied once more his first 30-point game.
Danny Green corner three-pointer puts Spurs up 78-51 with 9:13 left. Time to pull starters?
Clippers getting torn apart. Down 27
Clippers shooting sub-40 percent. May not break 70 points.
Love how Pop handles sideline interviews. But it's not easy to come up with good ?? in that setting. He's great pre-game when there's time.
SPURS MACHINE IS ACTIVATED EVERYBODY DUCK FOR COVER HURRY BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE
Green makes one of his own, and the Spurs have their largest lead at 27 with 9:13 to go.
Wow, Spurs are whipping that Clippers....78-51 in the 4th
Commence Knockout Sequence
Pierce on playing the 4: “We were saving it for the playoffs.”
The Clippers are just flat tired. The Spurs are running all over the place even after misses. Green corner three, SA by 27...
Ha, Patty wanted to shoot that second 3 so bad. Just mishandled the loose ball.
The 11 points in the 3rd quarter was the lowest scoring quarter of the year for the Clippers.
Game. Set. Spurs.
Manu-Bobo give and go, then Patrick trip0le. Spurs by 24, their largest lead of the night. Redick to check in.
Jamal Crawford floater puts Clippers over 50-point threshold.
CP3 out here to start the 4th, along with Crawford and Hedo by his side (aka guys that can shoot from outside).
The Spurs are up by 21 to start the 4th quarter. The Clippers have never led tonight.
Pop with a long-winded response: “Well we are competing hard. I guess."
Lowry was barely audible post-game. Has been battling illness & has no voice. Refused to use it as an excuse, said it didnt affect his play
Pierce: "I'm always ready. They trusted me tonight. I was able to deliver." http://t.co/gDFgAp8FJX
I SWEAR TO GOD IM GOING TO DESTROY MY TV IF THIS STUPID NBA TICKETS COMMERCIAL FOOLS ME INTO THINKING MY PHONE IS RINGING ONE MO' 'GAIN!!!!
The @nba account retweeted me twice. I’m retiring from Twitter right now. Hang my handle in the Twitter rafters.
Internet issues have kept me from tweeting. Clippers look bad. Down 70-49 headed to the 4th.
Blake played all 12 minutes of the 3rd and only gave the Clips 4 points in those minutes. Paul held to 2 points in 3Q.
Clippers scored 16 points in first quarter and 11 in the third. Formula for disaster.
End of third quarter, Spurs up 70-49. Clippers shooting a miserable 30 pct. Leonard ties his career-high with 29, still full quarter to go.
Grantland's Zach Lowe had the line of the day about the Clippers having only six competent NBA players. Tonight it seems fewer than that.
All one-on-one for the Clippers. They had two assists in the third quarter. (Of course, they only had two unassisted baskets.)
Very surprised the Clippers aren't competitive in this game. Huge props to the Spurs. LAC are more athletic, higher seed. Doesn't matter.
3Q: Spurs 70, Clippers 49. SA takes 3Q 24-11. Kawhi 29 points (13 points in 3Q) outscored LAC by himself in 3Q. SA shooting 50%, LAC 30%.
Spurs run their favorite EOQ play, Rub 4/5. Manu gets a layup. They've run that damn play for 15 years.
End of third quarter: Spurs 70, Clippers 49. Kawhi with 29 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks.
Spurs lead the Clippers 70-49 end of third. Clippers now shooting 29.5%.
Spurs 70, Clippers 49 entering the 4th quarter. Spoiler Alert: The Spurs are not the Pelicans.
Could they give Duncan a smaller bottle on the bench?
Clippers are down, 70-49, going into fourth quarter. This will not end well for them.
Kinda curious how the Clippers respond to a backs-against-the-wall game.
The Clippers have to be exhausted, the Spurs are running basket weave action all over the place. SA by 21.
Clippers have made 18 of 60 shots. That's 30%.
Tim Duncan heads to the bench with 1 minute left before the 4th. If SA bench can hold the lead, Duncan might not play again until Sunday.
Casey: "I thought Kyle played his heart out"
Fourth quarter will be one long party for Spurs.
I think Kawhi broke my television http://t.co/cClxKJPKlu
Casey: "It's not over. We're on life support, but it's not over"
My goodness the San Antonio Spurs are shoeshining the Clippers tonight. WhewLawd.
NBA released assorted Game 5 schedules. If there is a Game 5 in Rockets-Mavs series will be at 6:30, 7 or 8 Tue. Hope that clears things up.
Spurs by 21, their new largest lead of the ngiht. Griffin has yet to check out of the game.
The Clippers are down by 19 to the Spurs. Austin Rivers, Big Baby and Hedo Turkoglu are on the court for the Clippers.
Clippers could be down 40. At some point you having to stop fighting w/ everyone other than your opponent. Really disappointing.
Pretty clear that Kawhi is the successor to Duncan. Only wonder now is who's the successor to Pop.
The Spurs Machine is back operating at full capacity. The rest of the league is in trouble.
Boris behind the back pass right there is the epitome of zero FTG
Clippers look completely overmatched and not just their woeful bench.
Hedo to check in.
Spurs by 19 now after the Bobo free throws.
Spurs-Clippers recap: 1. Kawhi 2. Oh wow Kawhi 3. Geez Kawhi how 4. OH MY WHAT IS HAPPENING 5. Kawhi is just 6. Kawhi over everything
Kawhi gets a standing ovation as he finally gets a breather.
BIG standing O for Leonard as he subs out with 3:48 left in the 3rd.
Goes without saying that a DPOY capable of going for 29, largely created by himself, is a pretty unique player.
The players in the 2011 NBA draft taken ahead of Klay (11th), Kawhi (15th), Jimmy Butler (30th), and Isaiah Thomas (60th) are staggering.
There have been times in this game where it's looked like Kawhi Leonard has guarded everyone.
Pop with the awesome job clap for Manu as Manu broke up a corner 3-pointer for LA.
Clippers now doubling the defensive player of the year on offense. Kawhi not?
Spurs by 18 as Kawhi finds Parker for the jumper, largest lead of night for SA.
Harden, by the way, was within seven of Hakeem's franchise single-game scoring record, but that was done in 2OT (in Seattle, 1987.)
Kawhi just tied his career-high in points (29). And there’s still 17 minutes left in the game.
13 in this quarter, in little more than 7 minutes.
Kawhi Leonard has 29 of the Spurs' 61 points.
Kawhi Leonard has matched his playoff career high ... and there's still 4:48 left in the 3rd quarter
29 points for Kawhi. Just made the turnaround over Redick.
Silky smooth turnaround in the lane, and that's 29 for Leonard, tying his career-high (PS or otherwise) w/ 17 minutes to play.
Six points total from Duncan, Parker and Manu and Spurs up 14.
Blake Griffin's last shot gives the Clippers a player with double figures scoring, so there's that.
DeRozan said he knows that no NBA team has ever come back from 3-0. 'Records are made to be broken' (paraphrase)
I love that Kawhi Leonard’s version of a heat check is a contested 18-footer.
I'm thinking this was an unintentional Randy WIttman comment on Paul Pierce: "That's why we brought him here."
Blake Griffin is staying in the game.
With 27 points and six minutes still to play in the 3Q, Kawhi Leonard is two points shy of career high -- set in Gm 3 of last year's Finals.
Howard's 26 rebounds tied Hakeem Olajuwon (1998) and Moses Malone (1977) for the franchise record in a playoff game.
2011 NBA Draft made for sleepers: Klay Thompson (11th pick) and Kawhi Leonard (15th).
Blake Griffin is laboring/limping as he walks towards the bench. No trainers around him though.
"This was by far the toughest game we played... I'm seeing some of these guys in (my) sleep." Wittman
Spurs are outscoring the Clippers 13-5 out of the half midway through, Kawhi has 11 of those 13 points for SA in 3Q. SA by 16.
Kawhi Leonard has 11 points in third, 27 in game. His playoff career is 29. guess he'll top that soon.
Yeah, I don't think Pop's sitting Kawhi in a huge playoff game. Not until they're up 30 or something.
Kawhi has 11 points in the third quarter. The Clippers have five points.
Blake Griffin is limping - not sure if it's a charley horse or something
Just think, one day Kawhil Leonard might be an All-Star.
"Thats why we brought him here." - Randy Wittman on Paul Pierce. "He can still play."
Paul Pierce has not missed a shot this post-season, and I mean verbal shot.
While we're talking about Kawhi Leonard can someone show me what the Spurs sent out to campaign for him for Defensive Player of the Year?
We are watching Kawhi Leonard emerge into a true NBA superstar. I'm excited for the future.
Randy Wittman on Pierce: "He's proven that he can (still) play... He's a complete player."
McHale on Howard: "Dwight was unreal. He got every rebound and was just a beast down there.' Howard outrebounded the rest of Rockets, 26-20.
Wittman on Pierce: “That’s why we brought him here.”
That's 11 points in less than 5 minutes to start the 3rd for Leonard. AFTER he was presented with his award as the league's best defender.
Kawhi Leonard has 27 points on 11/15 shooting.
A fan next to me asks, "What if he scores 50?" Seems possible...
This Kahwi fellow might do well in Orlando Magic pinstripes next year.
Spurs 3. You know who. He's got 27.
Kawhi drilss the three. The Clippers gave him space, he has 27 points.
Matt Barnes turns into Stephen Curry for one moment. I did say one moment. Let's not overdo it.
So Matt Barnes hits the most difficult shot he's had all game, but missed all the easy ones. SA lead cut to 13.
Randy Wittman on Pierce: "That's why we brought him here... He's not scared of the moment."
Washington trying to prove that a team can actually win with Drew Gooden on it.
Doing this on 10 for 14 w/ 1 TO.
Ka-whi the hell not... Spurs up 56-40. Leonard with 24 pts on 10 of 14 shooting.
Electric Light Orchestra! Don't bring me down, Bruce.
Leonard leads all players w/ 24. Next closest is Blake Griffin w/ 10.
Of course Kawhi winning DPOY has motivated him to prove he's the best offensive player on the floor. He's 10/14 with a game-high 24 points.
Kawhi Leonard just drove around DeAndre Jordan for a layup and made a 13-foot turnaround jumper to put Spurs up 56-40. Leonard 24 points.
I don’t know what to say about Kawhi Leonard anymore. He’s great. He’s fantastic. He’s awesome. He’s good. He’s fun. He’s everything.