It is not much of a surprise that the San Antonio Spurs are up 2-0 in their Western Conference semifinals series against the Los Angeles Clippers. But to dominate L.A. with such ease, well, not many expected such dominance.
Thursday night’s 105-88 conquest was almost a repeat of San Antonio’s Game 1 manhandling of the Clippers. The Lob City of the regular season and even the first round of the playoffs is nowhere to be found. The Spurs’ sound and discipline play has offset Los Angeles’ athleticism in a resounding fashion.
All-star guard Chris Paul of the Clippers has been totally ineffective, scoring but 10 points Thursday after fai Blake Griffin (20 points), the team’s catalyst with his power dunks, has had a power outage. And no one else with L.A. has done enough to even draw concern from the Spurs.
Tony Parker grossly outplayed Paul, scoring 22 points on his 30th birthday, TIm Duncan 18 as San Antonio stretched its winning streak to 16. Maybe going home for Game 3 Saturday will help the Clips.
It certainly would help of Paul showed up. The All-Star matchup against Parker was boring Game 1 and lopsided Thursday (Paul had eight turnovers).