POTG: Tony Parker
What happens when you take Boris Diaw, Tiago Splitter, and Patrick Mills away from the Spurs and replace them with empty seats on the bench? A 94-84 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Staples Center sounds about right.
While the Spurs were shorthanded, it should also be noted that the Clippers were missing their superstar point guard Chris Paul, someone who certainly would have made a huge difference in this game. Particularly in the 4th quarter when the Clippers struggled.
Tony Parker led the Spurs to victory with 29 points and 6 assists on 12-19 shooting from the field.
"Coach [Gregg] Popovich made it clear that it'd be a tooth and nail struggle tonight, and he was right. We're happy to come away with the win and can't wait for the new guys." Parker commented.
Blake Griffin and Chauncey Billups had 20 points each, but it wasn't enough to stop the Spurs.
Eric Bledsoe scored 11 points and dished 4 assists in his return game against the Clippers. The crowd cheered for him as he stepped on to the court, but the lay-up from Bledsoe that soon followed generated more of a mixed response.
The Spurs going 8-20 from the 3pt line didn't help quite as much as their 34 bench points (compared to the Clippers 21).
San Antonio will head over to Golden State to face the Warriors tomorrow. Greg Monroe and Jonas Jerebko are both expected to be in action.