It would be hard to imagine the San Antonio Spurs being as dysfunctional on Wednesday night as they were in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers. For a team that is so renowned for getting off to good starts in the playoffs, winning eleven consecutive openers, San Antonio looked like a squad that had to be told the post-season had begun. They shot just 37% from the field, and had no success at all attacking the hoop. They’re going have to change things around if they want to avoid an 0-2 deficit as Game 2 begins at 10:35 PM ET at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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Both of these teams had been red-hot as the regular-season wound down. In fact, they were the two hottest teams in the NBA. The Clippers won 14 of their last 15 games, with the Spurs going 11-1 in their last dozen. So it is not as if it is a big shocker that Los Angeles came out with some fire on Sunday. What might be something of a surprise is the fact that San Antonio did not seem to have such a wise game plan to take advantage of their edge in depth.
Over 206.5 points -110/Under 206.5 points -110
San Antonio is well known for the way it moves the ball around, often resulting in the even distribution of shot attempts. This game was no exception, as their top six players in the rotation had between ten and 12 chances from the field. The problem is people just didn’t produce. Manu Ginobili made just three out of his 10 attempts (although he did contribute in other ways, with seven rebounds and six assists). Boris Diaw went just 2-12 from the field. You get the sense that all these guys really have to do is be a little bit more on the mark for the Spurs to turn this series around quickly. This includes Danny Green, who hit just one of his seven tries from beyond the three-point arc. When he is hot, the Spurs are extremely difficult to stop.
But BetAnySports customers know but the biggest factor in Game 1, and the guy San Antonio has to deal with in Game 2, was L.A. center DeAndre Jordan, who was such a presence on defense that he was scarier for the Spurs than either Chris Paul (32 points) or Blake Griffin (26 points). Yes, those guys provide the offensive spark, but Jordan, who had four blocks and 14 rebounds, really affected the way that San Antonio came into the lane. In post-game interviews several of the San Antonio players admitted as much. The Achilles heel of Jordan is his inability to shoot free throws, so it will be interesting to see what San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich has in store for him as a countermeasure on Wednesday night.