Clippers vs. Spurs Game 1: Why San Antonio Will Dominate Series Opener
The San Antonio Spurs are going to dominate the Los Angeles Clippers during Game 1 of their second-round series in the 2012 NBA playoffs.
The best team during the regular season, the Spurs are cruising, having swiftly eliminated the Utah Jazz in the first round of the postseason. With the Spurs well-rested, Tuesday's game will get ugly for the Clippers.
San Antonio swept the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs, winning each game by an average of 16 points. Following the sweep, the Spurs have had the last eight days off and enter the series against the Clippers healthy and ready to go.
The exact opposite is true for the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers' first-round series went to seven games, with the Clips prevailing against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.
Blake Griffin played with a sprained knee during that game and played less than two minutes during the fourth quarter of Game 7. Chris Paul has also had issues with his hip, and Caron Butler is playing with a broken hand.
During the regular season, the Spurs won two of three against the Clippers, with the Clippers win coming while Tony Parker rested a bruised thigh. The Spurs then proceeded to win 14 of their next 15, and they have won the last 14 games they have played.
An incredibly deep team, the Spurs aren't completely reliant on Tim Duncan, Parker and Manu Ginobili, as they had 10 players average over nine points per game. Gary Neal, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Patty Mills provide the necessary athleticism to complement the experience of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili.
The Spurs have six players who shot over 40 percent from behind the the three-point line, and with Tiago Splitter, DeJuan Blair and Duncan, the Spurs have no problems pounding it down low.
The Clippers' success is contingent on their two stars, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. A well-rested and experienced Duncan will have no problems containing a banged-up Griffin.
Parker and Paul, both top-five finishers in the NBA MVP vote, will cancel each other out, leaving the rest of the Spurs team to ensure the win.
The San Antonio Spurs are too deep and too experienced for the upstart Clippers to handle. Healthy and well-rested, the San Antonio Spurs will dominate the banged-up and exhausted Clippers.
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