Here are five things we learned in the Clippers’ 106-101 win over the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center on Thursday night:
1. After the game, when Chris Paul walked into the media room wearing one of his stylish hats, he talked about how he had “tweaked” his left hamstring.
The Clippers called it a strained left hamstring and said Paul would be listed as day-to-day.
The Clippers are set to play the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night at Staples Center in a back-to-back game, leaving Paul little time to get healthy. He said he was going to get treatment for the injury later Thursday night and also on Friday morning.
The Clippers have Saturday off and then are scheduled to play on Christmas Day at Staples Center in the Lakers’ designated home game.
Paul has dealt with a hamstring injury before. In 2015, He sat out the first two games of a second-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets with an injured hamstring.
“You can think that everything is fine and then you go out there and there’s sudden movements and stuff like that,” Paul said. “Unfortunately, but luckily, I’m well-versed in dealing with hamstring injuries. I’m going to do everything I can to get back.”
The Clippers are already down Blake Griffin (right knee surgery), and now Paul is hurt.
Paul was asked if he’d be more cautious.
“Listen, I want to play. I want to play,” Paul said. “It ain’t got nothing to do with who out or what’s going on. I want to play. So when I’m able to play, I’m going to play. No if, ands and butts. No matter about when it is, or what’s going on. When I can play, I’m going to play.”
2.The Clippers’ bench combined for 50 points against the Spurs.
The group of Wesley Johnson (eight points), Jamal Crawford (11), Austin Rivers (eight), Marreese Speights (14 points, seven rebounds, five assists) and Raymond Felton (13 points) scored all 25 of the Clippers’ points in the fourth quarter.
3. Felton was at his best when Paul went down.
He had seven points in the fourth quarter.
He was three-for-four from the field. He also had three rebounds and two assists.
Felton may end up starting at point guard against Dallas if Paul can’t play.
4. J.J. Redick had it working in the first quarter, his three-point shot dropping in from all over the court.
Redick had nine points in the first, going three-for-four from three-point range.
He finished the game with 11 points.
5. Down 66-60 in the third, the Spurs went to the Hack-a-DJ, intentionally fouling DeAndre Jordan with six minutes, 51 seconds left in the third.
Jordan made the one of two free throws and then made two straight when he was fouled on a shot attempt.
Jordan, who had 11 points and nine rebounds, went three-for-four from the free-throw line.