The L.A. Clippers (8-5) aim to get back on track at home against the young San Antonio Spurs (4-9) Tuesday night. Read on for our full Clippers vs. Spurs game preview.

Clippers vs. Spurs Game Information

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
When: 7:30 p.m. PT
How to Tune in: Bally Sports SoCal, AM 570 KLAC, KWKW

Projected Starting Lineups:
L.A. Clippers: Reggie Jackson – Eric Bledsoe – Paul George – Nicolas Batum – Ivica Zubac
San Antonio: Dejounte Murray – Derrick White – Keldon Johnson – Doug McDermott – Drew Eubanks

Injury Report:
L.A. Clippers:
 Serge Ibaka – OUT (G League – On Assignment), Keon Johnson – OUT (Left Ankle Sprain), Kawhi Leonard – OUT (Right Knee; ACL – Injury Recovery), Terance Mann – OUT (Left Ankle Sprain), Marcus Morris Sr. – OUT (Left Knee – Injury Maintenance), Jason Preston – OUT (Right Foot – Injury Recovery), Justise Winslow – OUT (Personal)
San Antonio Spurs: Devonte Cacok – OUT (G League – Two-Way), Zach Collins – OUT (Left Ankle Stress Fracture), Jock Landale – OUT (Health and Safety Protocols), Jakob Poeltl – OUT (Return to Competition Reconditioning), Joshua Primo – OUT (G League – On Assignment), Joe Wieskamp – OUT (G League – Two-Way)

The Big Picture

After having their seven-game winning streak snapped at the hands of the surging Chicago Bulls on Sunday, the Clippers have a great opportunity to get back to their winning ways tonight against DeMar DeRozan’s former squad. Over the course of that run, the Clippers restored order to their season playing some great basketball on both ends. While Paul George has looked amazing from the jump, the rest of the team broke out of their offensive slumps, got better at staying afloat when he’s off the floor, and overall gradually became less dependent on his individual scoring to stay in games. On the other end, the Clippers currently have the second-best rated defense in the league, something that’s been especially stifling after halftime breaks in which Tyronn Lue and his staff are able to make their lauded in-game adjustments as they see fit. From Reggie Jackson and Eric Bledsoe coming to life, to Luke Kennard, Terance Mann and Isaiah Hartenstein holding it down off of the bench, the Clippers have shown that their well-coached, meticulous identity from last year is something that a lot of teams will have trouble dealing with on most nights.

On the flip side of that, however, some of the main weaknesses of the Clippers’ identity this season also reared their heads quite a bit in their loss to Chicago. Of course, with two of their Top-3 scorers from last season in Kawhi Leonard and Marcus Morris Sr. remaining out, there are simply going to be nights where LAC just doesn’t have the firepower to carry games home. Perhaps something that was a bit more unforeseen, however, is the Clippers’ struggles to be the aggressors when the ball gets tipped up. The opening-frame sleepwalks have been something that, although the team clearly is capable of digging themselves out of (just like 0-2 playoff series), remains a big area of improvement. Ultimately, tonight’s affair marks LAC being right in the middle of their first 5-games-in-7-days stretch of the young season. After tonight, the Clippers fly out for a brief back-to-back in Memphis and New Orleans.

The Antagonist

Capping off the trend in which the Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers have essentially taken turns welcoming opponents to Staples Center thus far in November, the Spurs enter tonight on a two-game skid thanks in part to LAL. At a 4-9 mark, the Spurs appear on pace to miss the playoffs in the brutal west for their third year in a row. With a defense that ranks in the upper half of the league thus far at 13, San Antonio could certainly find themselves in the Play-In watch once again, but they’re going to need to start collecting some quality wins. Aside from taking down Orlando twice by double-digits, routing Sacramento 136-117, and pouncing on a Milwaukee team down two starters, the Spurs are just 1-7 against Western Conference opponents thus far (including OKC).

This season, the Spurs have their youngest roster ever since Gregg Popovich became coach in 1996, with an average age of 24.5. San Antonio has eight players under the age of 25 and 13-of-17 players under the age of 27. There is no Spur that the Clippers need to be wary of than Dejounte Murray. The four-year, 6’5″ guard has taken a bit of a jump to be San Antonio’s best player so far this season. With per-game averages of 18.4 points on 45/32/69 shooting, 7.8 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 2.1 steals, Murray is the clear catalyst when the Spurs are threatening for a win. The departure of DeRozan has also seen Keldon Johnson and Derrick White take on larger roles this season, albeit that has yet to translate to more wins understandably so this early. Meanwhile, perhaps the second-biggest breakout for the Spurs this year has been from the 26-year-old Jakob Poeltl, who was averaging career-highs in minutes, points, rebounds, assists and steals per game. Unfortunately, Poeltl is out tonight as he continues to work his way back from a 10-day quarantine window. Nonetheless, San Antonio will trot out a rotation tonight with six guys averaging double-figures, just as the Clippers will.

Clippers vs. Spurs Game Notes

  • Stops and Scores: With a team as three-point happy at times as the Clippers, the Spurs’ low-risk, paint-oriented, ball movement-heavy offense is something that could down LAC if they aren’t careful. The Clippers are typically one of the better teams at protecting the ball and the rim, but it could get pretty ugly if their three-ball isn’t falling.
  • More Hands on Deck: Joining Jay Scrubb and Amir Coffey as an extra depth piece if needed tonight, Justise Winslow should be back after missing the Bulls game with a personal leave Sunday. Per The Athletic’s Law Murray, Winslow will be a new father any day now. (Update: Winslow has been ruled out for tonight’s game, per Tomer Azarly.)
  • ReggieVision Rebound: Reggie Jackson certainly wasn’t the only Clipper in a bit of a funk last time out, but expect him to get back on track tonight. Last season, in the miniseries in San Antonio that notoriously saw Lou Williams dealt to Atlanta in the middle of it, Reggie Jackson helped ease some of the immediate pain with a 16-point explosion in the fourth.

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Ralston Dacanay

Ralston Dacanay

Ralston joined 213Hoops as a game coverage writer in March 2021. A class of 2020 alum of California State University, Long Beach, he graduated with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Finance.

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