One view is that San Antonio squandered an opportunity to push the
"The whole point is to get to four," said Spurs forward
"The close-out game is going to be tough no matter which way it goes. But the one in front of us right now is this fifth game. It's on the road. It's on their home court. That's good for them, obviously. But we've won there before."
Before the start of Game 4 on Sunday, the Spurs appeared to be in control of the series.
They had won two straight games, had taken away the home-court advantage from the Clippers with a stirring overtime victory in Game 2 in Los Angeles and had the next two games in
The Spurs won Game 3 with ease, riding the wave of
But they failed to capitalize on the momentum, with the defending
"We've got things we can clean up real easily," Duncan said after Sunday's game. "So we have to do that and get ready for their best shot."
Making some shots would help.
For the series, the Spurs are shooting 44.5% from the field, and an unsightly 31.8% from three-point range.
But at least there has been a
Parker began the series out of sorts, going seven for 28 from the field for 17 total points in the first three games while dealing with injuries to his left ankle, left thigh and right Achilles' tendon. He responded with 18 points on seven-for-15 shooting in Game 4.
"It was great to see him going to the basket and making plays for us," Duncan said. "That'll pay big dividends for us the rest of the series. Something else they'll have to game-plan for."
They have to win two more games to advance, the same as the Clippers.
"It's hard because we were in a great situation, but it happens," the Spurs'