The Los Angeles Clippers will be resting and ready to play on Saturday against the struggling San Antonio Spurs in Alamo City.
The Clippers will head to San Antonio for the finale of a two-game road trip after a 113-89 defeat in New Orleans on Thursday. Los Angeles, who lost four of the last six outings, played 11 games in a row without Paul George (elbow).
Terance Mann scored 15 points from the bench to lead the Clippers against the Pelicans. Marcus Morris Sr. scored 12 points, but was the only Los Angeles starter to reach double digits. The Clippers were 23 points behind in the second quarter and had no firepower to initiate a serious comeback.
“Everyone is fine,” Mann said. “We know that not all games are easy, so we use these games as a practice. Therefore, we will definitely learn something from this game and apply it to the next game.”
Reserve Serge Ibaka, Xavier Moon and Brandon Boston Jr. added 10 points to the Clippers each Thursday.
Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said of the post-war starter: “They looked slow. They looked pretty old tonight and there wasn’t much pop.” “It happens. We tried everything. I thought the young guys came in and played well and gave us the opportunity to take the lead and join the game. But our starters are from start to finish. , They really took advantage of us. “
The Spurs are aiming to rebound from a series of close losses at home, a recent 114-109 retreat to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. Dejounte Murray led the Spurs with 30 points and 14 rebounds, making his first consecutive outing with more than 30 points in his career.
Keldon Johnson scored 18 points, Bryn Forbes scored 15 points, Lonnie Walker IV scored 11 points, Devin Vassell scored 10 points, and San Antonio lost five games in a row. Jakob Poeltl recorded 12 rebounds against the Spurs.
San Antonio missed seven straight shots from the floor and three important five-minute free throws on the final stretch of the game.
“(Cleveland’s) size was a problem for everyone all year long,” said San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich after the defeat. “They scored 35 points in the first quarter, and they did it by getting paint.”
San Antonio has canceled the first two contests on the seven-game homestand, with only 7-12 on the home court this season. The Spurs played Friday without Derrick White and Tre Jones because of COVID’s health and safety protocol. Doug McDermott played for the first time in 2022 after missing seven games due to the NBA protocol.
Saturday’s match will be the third and final meeting between teams this season. The first two contests took place in Los Angeles, with the Clippers winning 106-92 on November 16th and San Antonio winning 116-92 on December 20th.
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