The Clippers take on the Spurs on the road looking to move past the bitter taste of another loss to the Pelicans. Keep reading for a full preview of the Clippers’ game against the Spurs.

Game Information

Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

When: 5:30 PM PT

How to Watch: Bally Sports SoCal

Projected Starting Lineups

Clippers: Reggie Jackson – Amir Coffey – Nic Batum – Marcus Morris – Ivica Zubac

Spurs: Dejounte Murray – Devin Vassell – Doug McDermott – Keldon Johnson – Jakob Poeltl

Injuries

Clippers: Kawhi Leonard Out (Knee), Paul George Out (Elbow), Luke Kennard Out (COVID-19), Justise Winslow Out (COVID-19), Jason Preston Out (Foot), Keon Johnson Out (G-League), Isaiah Hartenstein Questionable (Ankle)

Spurs: Derrick White Questionable (COVID-19), Zach Collins Out (Foot), Tre Jones Out (COVID-19)

The Big Picture

The Clippers followed up two encouraging home wins against the Hawks and Nuggets with an awful loss on the road in New Orleans. Their offense remains mired in mud, as it has been since Paul George went out, and it shows no signs of being better any time soon. The Clippers’ defense has mostly held up, and it has by and large kept them in games, but it’s tough to win in the NBA when you can’t create easy shots, and this version of the Clippers’ roster can’t do so. Several guys haven’t been playing super well, but they’re also being asked to do way more than they should – if Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris are your two primary scorers, your team is going to be very bad. Isaiah Hartenstein has been upgraded to questionable, which is a great sign, as this team desperately needs his energy (and he’s also just a massive upgrade over Serge Ibaka). When Hartenstein and Luke Kennard are back, even with George and Leonard out, the Clippers should at least be able to more closely approximate an NBA offense.

The Antagonist

The Spurs, despite having a roster with seemingly competent basketball players, are the 13th ranked team in the Western Conference. To be fair, they’re only a single game out of 10th, which goes to show how clumped the bottom of the conference is. The Spurs have actually been less effected by COVID-19 than most other teams – their big issue has simply been lack of talent. They’re below average on both offense and defense, which makes sense when looking at their roster. Dejounte Murray has had a breakout season, Jakob Poeltl is a decent starting center, and Derrick White is a nice guard, but outside of that their roster is only fine young guys and middling veterans (though Devin Vassell is very promising). Still, they’re well coached and competent enough to be competitive on most nights.

Notes

Scrubb Time: Jay Scrubb appeared in the first quarter for the first time all season against the Pelicans, and played 21 minutes total. It seems he played so much because of a minutes restriction on Amir Coffey, but it is interesting he played so much just a day after a major article came out in Bleacher Report saying the Clippers might look to trade veterans and shift young. Scrubb has barely played in the NBA, but what we have seen hasn’t been impressive. If the Clippers do decide to go with a youth movement down the stretch, giving Scrubb some actual time to see if he’s an NBA player before renewing or declining his two-way deal this summer makes sense.

Shifting the Starters: Reggie Jackson has struggled mightily over the past couple weeks. He hasn’t shot the ball well, his decision-making has regressed, and he’s been unable to get into the paint and create shots for others. While Eric Bledsoe has had his share of struggles, he’s been much more effective than Reggie, especially at getting into the lane and breaking down the defense. It’s quite possible that he’s looked better because he’s been playing more against other teams’ reserves, but it could still be worth a shot to start him over Reggie and see if it jumpstarts the offense. It’s doubtful that anything short of the return of George or Leonard would really, truly juice up the Clippers’ offense, but they’re so bad at this point that experimentation would be welcome.

That about does it for this preview of the Clippers’ game against the Spurs. Comment on the game below!

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