Clippers’ five takeaways from loss to San Antonio

Blake Griffin
Clippers power forward Blake Griffin looks to pass against the San Antonio Spurs on Dec. 22.
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1. Once again, J.J. Redick got off to a quick start and once again it helped the Clippers against the San Antonio Spurs.

Redick had 15 points in the first quarter, including a three-pointer during which he was fouled. He made the free throw for a four-point play.

He was four for eight from the field in the first quarter, three for four from three-point range.

Redick finished with 21 points.


2. Clippers Coach Doc Rivers has tried to get his second unit more playing time together.

Rivers had Jamal Crawford, Hedo Turkoglu, Glen Davis, Jordan Farmar and Reggie Bullock in the game as a fivesome in the second and fourth quarters against the Spurs, and it worked.

Crawford had 18 points, Farmar seven points, Davis nine points and Bullock three points.

That group helped the Clippers pull out of a 17-point third-quarter hole and tie the score at 102-102 early in the fourth.


“I think every game that they play well, you hope that it helps,” Rivers said.

3. The third quarter was the only time the Clippers really played any defense.

They held the Spurs to 23 points in the third on 47.4% shooting, which helped the Clippers get back into the game.

4. Blake Griffin had a strong third quarter, but a not so strong fourth quarter.

Griffin was the focal part of the offense in the third, scoring 10 points on four-for-seven shooting.

But Griffin had only four points in the fourth, making two of five shots.

He finished the game with 22 points, six rebounds and six assists.

5. Chris Paul had another solid game for the Clippers.


Paul had 25 points, nine assists, four rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots.

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