Here are five takeaways from a game the Clippers gave away:
1. Did anyone play well for the Clippers? The short answer: No. Chris Paul had more turnovers than assists for the first time all season.
"It's one game," Jordan said, "but we made a lot of mistakes tonight that we have to correct in order to even this series back up."
He did nearly everything conceivable for his team Friday, scoring 32 points, holding Redick to seven points on two-for-seven shooting and making perhaps the dunk of the year when he corralled a wayward
3. The Clippers' bench did little, as usual. Writing about the reserves has taken on a cut-and-paste feel, with things that were said earlier in the season about their shortcomings equally applicable now.
The Clippers bench was outscored by its Spurs counterparts, 45-30, and it was quickly apparent it was going to be a long night for the Clippers reserves once Crawford, the only capable scorer of the bunch, kept missing shots.
4. The Spurs won big with their Big Three barely making a peep. If someone told you that
San Antonio’s 27-point victory with Parker scoring six points, Duncan four and Ginobili two speaks to their depth and smartly run system that allows others such as
5. Can the Clippers muster the mental fortitude needed to win Game 4?
Several Clippers insisted they were not suffering from a Game 2 hangover Friday -- even though they played poorly two days after giving up a lead in the final seconds of regulation in an eventual overtime loss -- but now they face an even bigger test, needing to refocus after a rout that has put their season on the brink.
"You just have to get rid of that memory and forget about it," Griffin said. "Tonight's game cannot dictate how we play in Game 4. We just have to forget about it and move on."