The Clippers dropped Game 1 to the Spurs in a 108-92 decision in San Antonio. While Chris Paul struggled through injury to score just six points on 3-for-13 field goals and Blake Griffin played just 27 minutes, needing 17 shots to get 15 points, there was a bright spot on the floor for Los Angeles.
That bright spot was the same bright spot that shone brightly for them in their first-round series against the Grizzlies. Second-year stud Eric Bledsoe has taken his first trip to the postseason and has made the most of it.
He's been fearless on the big stage, coming in off of the bench night after night to provide an energy burst, solid defense and extra scoring. Tonight against the Spurs was no exception, as Bledsoe logged 26 minutes and led the Clippers in scoring with 23 points on 10-of-16 field goals while also adding five rebounds, four assists, three steals and a blocked shot.
It's always nice to see a young player up for the challenge, and Bledsoe has risen above and beyond. If the Clippers hope to have a chance in this series against the Spurs, they'll need Bledsoe to continue to perform for them, especially if Paul continues to be gimpy.
At just 21 years old, the 18th pick in the 2010 NBA draft is just 6'1", but plays much bigger. An athletic freak of nature, Bledsoe also plays hard—reckless, almost. His ferocity is reminiscent of a smaller, more compact Russell Westbrook.
He's a lot of fun to watch. He's also been a huge piece for this Clippers team in the postseason.
Check out this incredible steal and dunk by Bledsoe against the Spurs: