They were widely dismissed as the same old
Their shortcomings were spelled out in painful detail for each of them to see during a 2 1/2-hour film session in a hotel ballroom on the eve of a must-win game against the defending
"Doc pretty much went at all of us," Clippers point guard
Rivers was still talking about his players Sunday afternoon, only the substance of his words had flipped 180 degrees after the Clippers out-toughed the
Paul was the aggressive force his team needed on the way to 34 points and seven assists while playing most of the fourth quarter with five fouls.
It was quite the turnaround for a team largely declared dead only 24 hours earlier.
"Our guys just thought, all right, we didn't play well, let's lace them back up and see what happens," Doc Rivers said, "and I thought we did that."
The Clippers reclaimed home-court advantage in the process, with a series tied at two games apiece returning to Staples Center for Game 5 on Tuesday night.
The decisive plays went entirely in the Clippers' favor during a fourth quarter in which they extended a five-point lead to as many as 14, Redick's three-pointer off a Paul pass giving them a 106-92 advantage.
Back-to-back three-pointers by
"We completely turned it around and played exactly the way we wanted to play," Griffin said.
The reasons for that went much deeper than the Clippers' shooting 53.6% to the Spurs' 44%. The Clippers were sturdier, smarter and more spirited.
Austin Rivers drove fearlessly at San Antonio power forward
The Spurs were so out of sorts that they couldn't even execute their hack-a-
"We were just not very wise in a lot of the situations," San Antonio Coach
Redick, who made six of 12 shots, including three of six from three-point range, said he could sense the proper mind-set from his teammates in the game's early going.
"It was a different feeling in the first five minutes of the game," said Redick, whose open shots came as the result of improved ball movement. "Tonight, we were the aggressive team right from the start."
The only disappointment as far as Paul was concerned was that it took a beat-down in Game 3 to produce the kind of effort the Clippers wanted in Game 4.
"The great teams come out that way regardless," Paul said, "and hopefully we learned something today."