Preseason: San Antonio Spurs 100, Los Angeles Clippers 99
To be honest, there’s not a whole lot to say about a preseason game in a foreign country. This game lacked energy in the beginning, at least from San Antonio’s end, but actually became pretty entertaining as we got into the second half. But since there weren’t a whole lot of takeaways from this one, we’ll go over it bullet style.
- Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan and DeJuan Blair started for the third straight game this preseason. On Tuesday night, though, they got off to a slower start than in the previous two games. The Spurs were down 8-2 early and lost the first quarter 28-21.
- Given yet another start, DeJuan Blair doesn’t look like he’s giving it up anytime soon. DeJuan scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds (three offensive) in a team-high 29 minutes. Blair even hit an elbow jump shot — nothing but net. In all, Blair took 17 shots in the game. Wowza.
- Six of San Antonio’s normal rotation players played at least 20 minutes Tuesday night. This game against the Clippers somewhat resembled a real NBA game, what with starters actually making appearances in the fourth quarter and all.
- James Gist got himself a Mario.
- Alonzo Gee picked up another DNP-CD. He’s getting closer and closer to Austin with every game.
- Tony Parker went to the locker room in the third quarter, and I didn’t see him on the bench at all in the fourth. Not sure if he was sick or what. But keep an eye out for any news on that front. Or correct me if you saw different.
- All five Spurs starters finished with a negative +/-. Good thing Matt Bonner was +7… Kidding commenters, it was because Bobby Simmons was +16 and Curtis Jerrells +14.
- The best part of the game was by far the end. The telecast showed Manu Ginobili drawing up a play for the team on their last possession. Coming out of the timeout, Gary Neal hit a 3-pointer giving the Spurs a one-point lead with 1.5 seconds left. Then — after a timeout from the Clippers — Manu could be seen giving defensive instructions to the team. Ginobili then went and sat down nervously on the bench, while most of the other players on the team were standing up. Funny moment.