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Van Gundy on the Spurs offense: "Even when they miss, they are beautiful to watch."
One observation from courtside: I swear, CP3 and Blake already seem winded. But maybe it's just me.
If the Spurs do decline here post Duncan, thing I might miss most of all is playoff mariachi. Divine.
It’s a six point game. It feels like it should be 16.
Clippers have done a good job weathering that opening storm. Feels like they're getting outplayed, but only down 35-29.
Griffin feeds Jordan (assist No. 4) to cut SA's lead to 35-29, 5:45 left in the 2nd Q.
After CP3 hit the 1-on-1 three on Beli, Pop signals for Green to check in. SA leads 35-29 with 5:45 until half.
Belinelli on Paul. Seems an opportune time for CP3 to drill a 3 in his face.
All of the magic tricks except the finish on that twisting, jiggling drive to the basket.
Boris Diaw just turned the floor into ice and DeAndre Jordan didn't bring any skates.
Kawhi is getting ready to check in with the Spurs leading by 9.
Duncan, Parker, Diaw to check in. Crawford awarded in the act of shooting, will have 3 free throws.
The Spurs are whipping the ball around everywhere, getting wide open looks and just missing. Clippers just hanging on for dear life.
Unlike almost everybody else on earth, Bonner's not as good from the corners as he is from the wings.
Wow, Matt Bonner has missed two unguarded corner 3s
Spurs in Yakety Sax mode these last few possessions. Fortunately for them, Clippers not taking advantage.
The Clippers have 6-7 reliable players. The Spurs have 9-10. That has become glaringly obvious through three games.
Tiago was unable to move the large baby Glen Davis.
Ime and Tim Duncan running that last timeout circle at the end before the players headed back to the court.
Fans really bringing it tonight at the AT&T. Respect.
Like the numbers project, the Spurs' outside shots were bound to fall at home and it's showing early.
Vintage Patrick Thrills PUTIT gives Spurs a 31-19 lead, drawing a timeout from the Clippers w/ 10:33 left in the 2nd Q.
Doc is PISSED at the no call on Big Baby drive. Went all the way out at the top of the key at this stoppage to plead his case.
Now Patrick drills the PUJIT - Doc timeout. Spurs take a 12 point lead once more. SA shooting 57%, 5/10 from 3PT.
SPURS MACHINE ACTIVATED BEEP BOOP BOOP BEEP.
Matt Bonner vs. Hedo Turkoglu is must watch television. Cannot take my eyes off the matchup.
Manu and Marco did not play much together during the regular season. Out of sync there.
Vapor trails as Bonner lumbers up court...
I thought it was rude that when Austin Rivers checked in, Boris Diaw played full court defense on him to deny him the ball.
Spurs' defense held Clippers to 33% shooting with 4 turnovers. Blake 0 points, Paul 2 points, Redick 7 points.
1Q: Spurs 25, Clippers 16. SA shoots 52$, Kawhi 10 points on 4/5 shooting. SA just 1 TO with 6 ast on 11 FGM.
End of 1, Spurs up 25-16. Leonard with 10 points, Green 5. Spurs have 6 assists on 11 buckets, shooting 52.4 pct. Clips, 33.3 pct.
Spurs up 25-16 after 1Q. Fairly locked in on both ends so far.
End of first quarter: Spurs 25, Clippers 16. Kawhi has 10 points.
Also, Bonner finally saw "Whiplash," loved it. Said it did not give him Popovich flashbacks.
Also, first minutes for Jones.
Home teams have combined for zero FTAs in the first quarter of the past two games of this series.
BREAKING: Kawhi Leonard missed a shot.
Teasing Bonner before the game about his tights. "It's for my calf." Ginobili chimes in: "And for speed."
I'm not sure, but I don't think First Quarter Hedo is a great sign for L.A.
Early minutes for Hedo.
Kawhi Leonard picks up DPOY trophy before game, then makes first 4 shots and 2 3s for 10 points in 10 minutes. Spurs 25-13.
Man is a war - like animal http://t.co/MePpGeVNHe
the Spurs have 6 assists on 11 makes, shooting 58%. Ball zipping and moving all over the place, exploiting mismatches early.
Kawhi has 10 points in the first quarter. He has not missed a shot. Ho-hum.
Post-up mismatches galore. Clips have to double. Spurs just killing them off that.
Duncan finds Kawhi open for three. The Spurs have their largest lead of the game - 12 points. Kawhi 10 points, Diaw/Parker/Green 13 pts.
DPOY Kawhi Leonard is also your leading scorer with 10 points after knocking down spot-up 3 from Duncan's kickout. Spurs up 25-13.
*Apparently* Redick is one of the best first-quarter scorers/possession in the league. Part of why Kawhi starts on him.
Manu, Patrick to check in soon.
Perfect timing by Diaw. Posted Redick, waited until Kawhi's defender got off enough, then hit Kawhi for the open three.
Diaw checks in for Tiago.
Since their 11-2 surge, the Spurs' following possessions have gone like this: Miss Miss Turnover Duncan make Timeout
Timeout, 5:57 left in 1st, Spurs up 13-8. Home is good for what ails their offense; shooting 55 percent w/ 1 TO.
Green goes back door on JJ, solid pass from Tiago. SA 11-2 lead.
If I wanted to get all hot-takey with it: It's going to be really hard for Clips to beat the Spurs team that plays in the AT&T Center.
9-2 run for Spurs, as Kawhi drills the mid-range with seperation from Blake. Also, 2 LAC TOs.
Best I can tell, Parker has opening assignment on CP. Early possessions started so quick, Spurs were picking up whoever.
Tony Parker looking to get to the basket on 2/3 first drives.
Speaking to player development coach Chad Forcier before the game about Kawhi's DPOY, like a proud papa. "How cool is that for that kid?"
Green draws the Paul assignment early.
Playoff Basketball at the AT&T Center...
Last playoff game I covered in this building ended in confetti.
Same starters for both teams. You know the drill.
New home playoff videos are always cool. They have a new clip of Kyle Anderson making a layup.
DeAndre Jordan's working on his free throws. He missed two in a row. Sigh
Kawhi Leonard is being present with the Defensive Player of the Year award. Tim Duncan presents it to him. Fans are loud.
The Spurs are in their lay-up line drill. Most players take the lay-up, but Boris Diaw chooses the 16-foot floater.
To note though, Baynes just showed up on the court. He didn't come out when the rest of the team came out.
No clear status on Aron Baynes, but he's warming up and is on the active roster for tonight.
Same starters for both squads: Parker, Green, Kawhi, Duncan, Splitter for Spurs. Paul, Redick, Barnes, Blake, DJ for LAC.
Baynes warming up on the court now. Actually appears to be moving around OK.
Doc on Kawhi: "It's like Deion Sanders ... you're looking around the backfield trying to find where the hell he is."
Doc says Pop has done a good job moving Leonard around on defense.
What Pop has learned about playoff basketball: "It's a long, long, long process." "It's always better to make your 3s than to miss them."
Don't feel bad, Michael Smith. He doesn't talk strategy with us locals either.
Clippers color guy asks why Pop has put Leonard on Redick. "I'm probably not going to talk strategy with you, since you're a Clipper."
We got a definitive "no" on Baynes today at shootaround. Apparently there's a chance he might, but probably won't, play.
Some nights we are gum on the bottom of Pop's shoe. Tonight, after session ends, "Is that it? I got nothing to do until the game."
Pop on Baynes’ status to play: “I don’t really know to be honest. I’m guessing no.”