Spurs vs. Clippers: Game 4 TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info and More

Luis BatlleContributor IMay 20, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19:  Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs celebrates with Kawhi Loenard #2 and Boris Diaw #33 after making a basket and picking up a foul against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Spurs won 96-86 to take a three games to none lead in the series.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Clippers face a must-win situation heading into Game 4, as the San Antonio Spurs have taken a commanding 3-0 lead in this 2012 NBA playoffs second-round series.

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.


Key Injuries

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.