If the Spurs, up three games to two, win, the Clippers are eliminated from the playoffs. If the Clippers win, the teams are set to play a decisive Game 7 in Los Angeles on Saturday.
The teams played Game 5 in Los Angeles on Tuesday, with the outcome in question until the last seconds, when the Spurs pulled off a 111-107 victory.
With 4.9 seconds left and the Spurs up, 108-107, DeAndre Jordan made a tipshot that would have given the Clippers the lead, but it was ruled offensive interference. The Clippers then fouled Danny Green, who made his first free throw and missed his second. Kawhi Leonard grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made two more free throws for the Spurs to give them the win.
It was a heartbreaking loss for the Clippers, who did not want to face an elimination game in San Antonio.
"It's tough, we can't get it back now, we can't replay it," Chris Paul said Tuesday evening. "We've got to go to San Antonio and play with a sense of urgency."
The Clippers have already won a playoff game in San Antonio, getting a 114-105 victory in Game 4 on Sunday. The Clippers also beat the Spurs in Game 1 at Staples Center on April 19, 107-92. Two of the Clippers' three losses to the Spurs in the series came down to the final minute -- Tuesday's loss and a 111-107 overtime loss to the Spurs in Game 2 on April 22.
"It's a get-able game," Griffin said. "It's not going to be easy by any means. I mean, this is what they do. They're a great team, a well-coached team, and they've been in this situation before.
"But we've also been in tough situations. We've also played through some tough games, some games on the road that we needed to win, and we did. I expect us to be ready."