As impressive as Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Clippers team has been this postseason, the Spurs have been winning games with ball movement and a championship core that is outright fearless and focused.
After going down 40-16 early in Game 3, the Spurs came back and cut the deficit to 10 points. A 24-0 run in the third quarter was the icing on the cake for San Antonio, as they took over Game 3 and complete control of the series.
This everything you need to know about the Game 4 contest that has every reason to be the most enticing game of the series.
Where: Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ca.
When: 10:30 p.m. EDT
Watch: NBA on TNT
Listen: WOAI 1200 in San Antonio, KFWB 980 in L.A.
Betting Line: According to Oddsshark.com, the Spurs are 7.5-point favorites to win Game 4.
There are no significant injuries on either side heading into this decisive Game 4 contest.
What They're Saying
Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.K. Simers mentioned that he believes DeAndre Jordan needs to step up his game. Jordan has had a relatively weak postseason showing, and he has yet to step up his game defensively.
MySanAntoio.com's Jeff McDonald says the Spurs have asserted their dominance in the series, proving that they have been the best team in the league as of late.
Most Important Player to Watch: San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan
Duncan has been dominating the paint on both ends, and as a result, he has his team just one game away from a Western Conference Finals appearance. Outside of improving his scoring numbers, Duncan has been in a force defensively this postseason. If Griffin and the frontcourt can't find an answer for Duncan, this series is as good as over for the Clippers.
Key Matchup: Blake Griffin vs. Tim Duncan
In the first quarter of Game 3, Griffin schooled Duncan and had his Clippers up 20-plus after 12 minutes. It was his strong play over Duncan that had the Clippers winning big. After the beatdown, the Spurs went on to outplay the Clippers in every other quarter, anchored by the impressive play of Duncan on both ends. After scoring 14 first-quarter points, Griffin scored only 14 for the rest of the contest.
Prediction: Clippers 96, Spurs 87
As great as the San Antonio Spurs have been playing, something has got to give for these Clippers. In Game 3, they proved that they have what it takes to beat the Spurs. It will be integral for the Clippers to push the pace, and they will do just that in this contest. They will take their first-quarter game plan that was especially successful in Game 3 and put that to good use in Game 4, sending the series back to San Antonio.
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