Pregaming: Spurs vs. Clippers

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AT&T CENTER — Spurs-Clippers is quickly developing into one of the better games to watch on the NBA slate that isn’t LAL-BOS or OKC-MIA. The Spurs continue to find the lineups and rotations that work for them, even with Kawhi Leonard out with injury. Here are some pregame notes from the AT&T Center to get you up to speed for tonight’s game:

  • Gary Neal will play tonight against Los Angeles. Neal missed the last two games with a cut on the index finger of his shooting hand, but the team believes the cut has healed up enough that it won’t reopen when Neal plays.
  • Stephen Jackson will again start in the absence of Leonard and DeJuan Blair will get the start at power forward/center again.
  • Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was very complimentary of the Clippers before the game, especially so for backup point guard Eric Bledsoe. Pop called Bledsoe “one of the most underrated players in the league” and “special on both ends of the court.”
  • When asked about Tim Duncan’s continued resurgence this season, Pop mentioned that Duncanlost weight in each of the last three seasons and cited that as a key to staving off Father Time. Coach Pop also related Duncan’s evolution to more of a spot-up shooter late in his career to Michael Jordan rounding out his own game. “[Duncan’s] expanded his game, kind like Michael learning to shoot more instead of dunking everything.”
  • Pop also mentioned that he’s tried to sit Duncan during a games during a couple of back-to-back stretches, but Duncan refused. Timmy, it seems, is feeling well in this early season.