By Jeff Garcia, Project Spurs.com
With Game 1 of the San Antonio Spurs Western Conference Semifinal matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers just a few hours away, I talked to Peter Kim, a good friend of Project Spurs who writes for The No Look Pass.
1. This isn't the Clippers of old. What makes this current squad such a dangerous team for the Spurs?
This current squad can be considered the 'curse breakers' considering that they were finally able to get a win in the AT&T Center. What that win showed us is that the Clippers took advantage of their hot shooting from 3-point range (52%). They are also deadly on the fast break even though those instances are often few and far between, and of course thanks to Chris Paul, he is able to methodically put his plan of attack in place in less than 24 seconds. Also the energy of the Clippers' 2nd unit (goon squad) has almost been unmatched in the playoffs so far.
2. Everyone will be watching the Parker-Paul point guard matchup. How do you see this matchup playing out?
It's definitely going to be a fun matchup. One simply can't overlook that Paul had his best game in the Clippers' only win over the Spurs when Tony Parker was out. Both players dictate the way the team plays and were somewhat opposites in terms of pace this season with the Spurs and their high powered, fast-paced offense and the Clippers' slow-it-down half-court offense. I think both teams will have difficulty trying to contain the opposing point guard.
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