The first-round playoff series between the
The Clippers have done well away from their homecourt this season, winning a franchise-best 26 road games, including a 20-point victory in San Antonio.
"Totally different game in the postseason," Paul said. "You've got to go in there and you've got to win it. You've got to go take it."
In San Antonio's 111-107 overtime win in Game 2, the Clippers came back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit using a 9-0 run and had a 94-92 lead in the final minute. Then Blake Griffin committed a crucial turnover with 11.9 seconds left, and Patty Mills made two free throws for the Spurs on the other end to send the game into overtime.
The Spurs went up by as many as six points in overtime before the Clippers cut their deficit to three after Paul made a three-pointer with less than a minute left, but the Clippers couldn't complete the comeback.
After Wednesday's game, Griffin took responsibility for the loss.
"You know that game is pretty much 100% on me," he said. "I got the ball and, up two, needed to take care of it, needed to get a good shot or try to get fouled. [Instead] I turned it over, so that game is on me. That's what's on my mind."
The turnover was only one factor that contributed to the Clippers' loss. They missed 17 of 37 free throws, DeAndre Jordan making only six of his 17 shots. The Clippers' bench was outscored, 48-17. And the Spurs'
In the Clippers' 107-92 win in Game 1, the Clippers led by as many as 20 points as they outshot the Spurs from the field, 51.3% to 36.6%, and from three-point range, 55.6% to 30.3%. The Spurs also made only 14 of 26 free-throw attempts, for 53.8%.
Spurs' point guard
"I hope he's able to play and play well for us," Duncan said late Wednesday night. "We need him for that. He's a big part of what we do, obviously. So him not 100% hurts us."
Parker also suffered a twisted left ankle and bruised left thigh in Game 1.
Also, Sprus center Aron Baynes is doubtful with a right ankle injury.
After Wednesday's loss, Griffin chalked up the Spurs' intensity to their loss in in Game 1. The Clippers' superstar power forward said he now expects to see the same thing out of the Clippers in Game 3.