Chris Paul looks forward to playing against Tony Parker

Tony Parker

Chris Paul

Chris Paul                                                                 Tony Parker

The Clippers will play host to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night at 7:30 at Staples Center (on TNT). That means another matchup between point guards Chris Paul of the Clippers and Tony Parker of the Spurs.

Paul is looking forward to that.

“It’s cool,” Paul said. “Used to it. Tony’s a great player, a good friend of mine. We’ve had some memorable games against each other.”

The Spurs (45-8) defeated the Clippers (35-18) by a 115-107 score on Dec. 18 in San Antonio. Paul scored 27 points, doled out 10 assists and made three steals. Parker had 21 points with three assists and a steal.

Five things to take from Clippers’ 114-105 victory over Spurs in Game 4

Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers,


– It was kind of ironic that coach Doc Rivers became a bit perturbed about being asked – once again – about the lack of a good bench at the pregame news conference at AT&T Center. Then his son, Austin, goes out and has the game of his life with 16 points on 7 of 8 shooting while also playing solid defense. He did all this in 17 absolutely terrific minutes.

– Both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin said that without the younger Rivers, the Clippers would not have won this game. They are probably right. Then again, Paul and Griffin both had monster games. Paul scored 34 points and shot 11 of 19 while doling out seven assists. Griffin scored 20 points and was a beast on the boards with 19 rebounds; he, too, had seven assists. So you could also say that if either one of those two has a mediocre game, the Clippers don’t win this one.

DeAndre Jordan didn’t score much in this one, going for six points. But he had 14 rebounds and four blocked shots that helped the Clippers, setting the tone for a stronger defensive effort than in Game 3, when the Clippers were destroyed by 27 points.

– Another key element to this win was J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford getting their shooting back on track. Redick had shot 10 of 32 in the first three games, but shot 6 of 12 in this one for 17 points. Crawford was 12 of 34 the first three games, and shot 6 of 13 for 15 points in this one. Again, the Clippers needed every bit of that.

– If you’re a Spurs fan, don’t blame Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard or Tony Parker for San Antonio’s loss. Duncan scored 22 points with 14 rebounds, Leonard had 26 points and seven rebounds. Parker scored 18 points. The other two starters – Tiago Splitter and Danny Green – shot a combined 0 of 11. Splitter was 0 of 5, Green 0 of 6. All of Green’s misses were from 3-point range. Ouch! Neither player went to the free-throw line, either.

Clippers hold a 51-47 lead over San Antonio at halftime at AT&T Center

Chris Paul

Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers,


If the Clippers were still bummed out about getting routed by 27 points in Game 3 on Friday, they didn’t show it in the first half in Game 4 on Sunday at AT&T Center in San Antonio.

Chris Paul and J.J. Redick scored 12 points apiece and the Clippers took a 51-47 lead into the halftime break.

Kawhi Leonard scored 11 for the Spurs and Tony Parker and Patty Mills 10 apiece.

The Spurs are up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

San Antonio leads Clippers 72-60 after shooting 75 percent in first half

The San Antonio Spurs rolled up 72 points in the first half and led the visiting Clippers 72-60 at intermission Monday night at AT&T Center in San Antonio.

Almost unbelievably, San Antonio (17-11) shot 75 percent (30 of 40) from the field, 66.7 percent (6 of 9) from 3-point range. Point guard Tony Parker, who had missed five consecutive games with a hamstring injury, led his team with 19 points.

The Clippers (19-8) shot 47.6 percent from the field, 50 percent (6 of 12) from beyond the arc. They got 18 points from J.J. Redick.

San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker expected to start tonight against Clippers

Spencer Hawes

Spencer Hawes is expected to miss his sixth consecutive game tonight against the Spurs/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers,

Small forward Kawhi Leonard (hand) figures to miss his fourth consecutive game when his San Antonio Spurs host the Clippers tonight (Monday) at 5:30 (on Fox Sports West). However, according to a tweet by the Orange County Register’s Dan Woike,  point guard Tony Parker (hamstring) is expected to start after missing the previous five games with a hamstring injury.

Parker is the team’s leading scorer and assist man with respective averages of 16.0 and 5.3. Leonard is averaging 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds.

Clippers backup post Spencer Hawes is expected to miss his sixth consecutive game with a bone bruise in his left knee.

The Clippers (19-8) reside in sixth place in the Western Conference standings. San Antonio, which has lost four in a row and six of seven, is 17-11 and in seventh in the West, 2 1/2 games behind the Clippers.

The teams met once before this season, with the Spurs coming away with an 89-85 victory Nov. 10 at Staples Center.