Two teams that started out the year, with aspirations of running the West, have been sluggish, to say the least. Both will look to get the ship right as they face each other for the first time this young season.
Rebounding woes continue for the Clippers, as they got out-rebounded by 6, in a victory, against the Portland Trail Blazers, keeping the as the NBA's worst rebounding team and 3.3 less per game than the 29th place Philadelphia 76ers. Sitting in the bottom in rebound differential doesn't help either.
Shots, however, have started falling for the Clippers, namely for JJ Redick, who went 11-13 from the field in the victory over Portland, and the Clippers shot 49.4% as a team, thrusting them into the middle of the league. Turnovers are also vital for the Clippers, as they average only 10.7 per game, the best in the league and force the third most in the association. "We came out this year like we won something last year and everyone else came out like they got their heart broken," center DeAndre Jordan said. "We just needed to get back to what got us to where we were last year." San Antonio is sitting below .500, with a 2-3 record, coming off a loss against Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. The problems don't stop there for Gregg Popovich, as the Spurs will be without the services of Patty Mills, Tiago Splitter and Marco Bellinelli. Never considered to be an offensive jauggernut, the Spurs have been beyond mediocre when it comes to getting the ball through the rim, ranking 26th in points per game, 23rd in field goal percentage, and 25th in turnovers. "I understand a year after winning the championship you're going to get everyone's best shot," coach Gregg Popovich said. "I believe we're out there playing hard and I believe things just haven't gone out way."