The Clippers are in a stretch of four games in five days in four different time zones. On Friday, they lost to the Denver Nuggets, 109-106. And on Saturday, they beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 106-102. They play at San Antonio on Monday before traveling to Atlanta to play against the Hawks on Tuesday.
The San Antonio Spurs have lost four games in a row, their biggest losing streak in more than three years. In 2011, they lost six games in a row. During this skid, the Spurs have averaged 17.5 turnovers a game.
For the Clippers, backup center Spencer Hawes is out with a left knee bruise. Before Saturday's game, Hawes said he's making good progress, though he said there's no timetable for his return. He said he recently did some conditioning work on an elliptical machine for the first time since sustaining the injury against the Washington Wizards on Dec. 12, and hopes to try shooting soon.
"It's like anything," Hawes said. "When you have no control over it, you stress out more about it. It's tough but compared to when I did it, what I thought happened versus what the prognosis is now, I kind of look at it through that lens and think I dodged one."
The Clippers have won three of their last four games.
When the teams played Nov. 10, the Spurs won, 89-85. In that game, the Clippers outshot the Spurs from the field, 45% to 40%, and outshot them from beyond the three-point line, 23% to 11%. The Clippers even out-rebounded the Spurs, 44-39. But the Clippers committed 17 turnovers to the Spurs' eight.