LOS ANGELES CA - FEBRUARY 18: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers and the Rookie Team attempts to block the shot of DeJuan Blair #45 of the San Antonio Spurs and the Sophomore Team in the first half of the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam at Staples Center on February 18 2011 in Los Angeles California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Spurs Vs. Clippers: Complete Western Semifinals Series Coverage

The Spurs have had time to learn to speak Mandarin and bake a perfect coffee cake since sweeping the Jazz. The Clippers get no rest before the second round. The series begins Tuesday.

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In Crunch Time, Spurs Don't Change Their Game

The Spurs hadn't been in a close game since early April, but it didn't matter. As Game 4 came down to the wire, they simply continued to run their precision offense to get good shots, allowing them to complete their sweep of the Clippers.


Spurs' Comeback On Clippers Attempts To Answer Concern About San Antonio Defense

Concerned about the Spurs' defense going forward? That 24-0 run in Game 3 against the Clippers, in which a Chris Paul team was held scoreless 14 straight times down the floor, should help ease your mind.


The Alchemy Of Gregg Popovich And The Spurs

No other coach in the league consistently turns lead into gold the way that Popovich does, taking cast-offs from other teams and transforming them into productive elements of the magical Spurs offense.


Are The San Antonio Spurs Boring?

The Spurs have won 15 straight games, they're scoring more points than ever, and more than a decade after their first title, they are title favorites in the West. So why does this all seem so boring?


Clippers Need To Realize That Spurs Are The Anti-Grizzlies

The Clippers defense looked terrific against Memphis in the first round of the playoffs. Against San Antonio, a much better and very different offensive team, the L.A. defense struggled.


Spurs Vs. Clippers, NBA Playoffs 2012 Game 1: San Antonio Too Much For Clippers, Takes 108-92 Victory

The San Antonio Spurs had no issues coming back from an eight-day layoff, picking up a 108-92 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of this Western Conference Semifinals series. This game was effectively over by the end of the third quarter, as the Spurs had built a 15-point lead by then.

Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 26 points and 10 rebounds. He was 12-of-20 from the field, helping the team to a 48.8 percent shooting night. Manu Ginobili came up with 22 points off the bench while rookie Kawhi Leonard and Daniel Green contributed 16 and 15 points, respectively.

Boris Diaw helped the Spurs to a 47-34 rebounding advantage with 12, a team best. Tony Parker dished the ball out for 11 assists and added seven points.

The Clippers' Eric Bledsoe had a team-high 23 points and four of the team's eight offensive rebounds. Blake Griffin put in 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, but, just like the rest of his team's offense, wasn't able to keep up with the Spurs' scoring. Chris Paul finished the night with 10 assists, six points and five steals.

The teams return to the court on Thursday night in San Antonio for Game 2 of the series.

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Spurs Vs. Clippers, Where History Has A Bias

The Spurs and Clippers, opponents in a Western Conference Semifinal series, are commonly regarded as polar opposite franchises, the best run team in the NBA and the worst run team. History in this series strongly favors the Spurs, but Chris Paul doesn't care about that.


The Well-Kept Secret Of The L.A. Clippers' Bench

During the regular season, the Clippers' bench was one of the least productive in the NBA. During the playoffs, it's been among the best. What has changed?

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