Would the Spurs be “rusty” following a long layoff?
That was a question offered often in the days leading up to Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals. If it existed, the Spurs must have covered it by slapping on some paint or something because they handily defeated the upstart Clippers on Tuesday night.
The Clippers limped into this semifinal series after nearly blowing a 3-1 series lead against the Grizzlies. They gutted out a Game 7 victory in Memphis and came in with banged-up stars Blake Griffin and guard Chris Paul.
The savvy San Antonio veterans were too much on this night. Tim Duncan scored 26 points while adding 10 rebounds. Manu Ginobili added 22 for the victorious Spurs.
Conversely, Paul was limited to six points on 3-for-13 shooting, though he did dish out 10 assists. Overall, the Spurs’ 48.8% field goal percentage (52% from three-point range) and +13 rebounding edge proved too much.
Two days ago, Los Angeles was busy celebrating the continued playoff success of its basketball and hockey teams. Of course, the sporting world at large mocked the use of the Sacramento Kings logo in place of the L.A. Kings on the local NBC affiliate.
Following Game 1 beat-downs at the hands of the Thunder and Spurs, Los Angeles fans are now scurrying to learn the pronunciations of the Kings’ surnames.
Insert your “Quick” exit joke here.