With NBA All Star game on Sunday the 15th of February, all regulars season games have been halted, and will begin again on Thursday the 19th of February 2015 which is the end of the 2015 All-Star NBA break.
On Thursday the 19th the Spurs of San Antonio will be taking on the Clippers of Los Angeles at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California at 10:30 PM ET.
In the first half before the All-Star break the Spurs in their last 5 game went 4-1 and that included a rout of the Pistons of Detroit on the 11th of February when they won the game 104-87.
One of the Spurs strong points this 2014-15 NCAA BB season is their strength and depth of their bench. Leading the Spurs bench offensively is Belinelli and Ginobili as they combined are average 40.4 point per game which is 3rd in the league for backups. Therefore the Spurs relievers are expected to outplay and outscore the LA Clippers whom are averaging less than 30.8 points per game from their bench. Actually Ginobili who against Detroit had 13 points off the bench, this season he is averaging 12 points per game and his cohort Belinelli comes into the game with the Clipper averaging making 44.1 percent of his shots and 9.9 points per game.
The Spur starter who has been struggling is Leonard, whom to date has had three below par games, as he has only scored 11 points or less in those games and was only 2 of 12 against Detroit. However, in the 2 games against the Clippers thus far this season he managed to average 25 points per game for each of those 2 games, and the Spurs naturally in those two games exited winners.
One of the Spurs starters Leonard has been struggling for some three games recently, while managing to score 11 points per game or less and in a game against the Pistons of Detroit who only managed to make two of his 12 shots. However in previous games against Los Angeles he has been a big star in those games, two of which he average 25 points in each.
The Clippers of L.A. have been without the forward and star player Griffin who is have surgery related to staph infection, thus his back-up Jordan was expected to show his talent, and thus far he has stepped up, especially in their last two outings, for which he has averaged an amazing 23.1 points per game and 23.4 rebounds per game. Last Thursday with the Clippers playing the Rockets and winning the game 110-95 the Clippers back-up Jordan again was the unstoppable player ending the game with 24 points and another more the 20 rebounds.
If the Clippers are to win this game with the Spurs they will need to reduce their amount of turnovers as presently they are ranked 2nd worst in their division with TO’s averaging some 11.6 TO/G each game. The turnovers are a big reason the Clippers lost their previous games with the Spurs that they lost they average 15 turnovers in each of those games.