SAS vs LAC Dream11: San Antonio Spurs will look to turn things around when they host Kawhi Leonard and Los Angeles Clippers in a matchup between two Western conference powerhouse, at AT&T Center, on Saturday morning.
San Antonio Spurs were on 6-11 on the season when they started their 3-game homestand four days ago, with the game against the Los Angeles Lakers. It was an opportunity for the Spurs to improve the record and put the season back on track. But something is wrong with this Spurs team, as it lost the last two games, with the one against the Minnesota Timberwolves, 101-113 defeat, is surely more painful.
The start to the current seaosn, without a shadow of any doubt, is the worst made by this team under Gregg Popovich. The gap between his team and the playoff spots is widening with each passing game and defeat. That said, Popovich is one of the best coaches of all time, and if a team is to turn a corner round, you can bet Popovich's team to do just that.
Los Angeles Clippers, meanwhile, face no problems in racking up wins. They are a team now with a lofty profile, swelled up by the addition fo both Kawhi Leonard. The Clippers are 0-3 on the season when both Leonard and George played together.
Clippers beat Grizzlies 119-121 in the last game and extended the winning run to seven games.
This will be the 172nd meeting between these two teams from the Western Conference. San Antonio Spurs have an absolutely beast of a record against the Los Angeles Clippers, winning an astounding 128 times, and losing only 4 games against the team with the white from the La La Land. But the times are changing.
Host: San Antonio Spurs
Visitors: Los Angeles Clippers
Match Timing: November 30, @07:00 AM
Venue: AT&T Center
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Kawhi Leonard: A no-nonsense choice in any game. He is the reigning NBA finals MVP and is somebody whose clutch play is perhaps the best in the league at the moment. The former Spurs star is averaging a team-high 25.8 points per game, and leads the team in rebounds (8.0) and steals (2.0) this season.
Paul George: Another All-Star on the team's roster. He is not a sidekick to Leonard by any means, for he is more than capable of leading the team with his overall gameplay. The former Oklahoma City Thunder star is averaging 24.8 points per game.
LaMarcus Aldridge: The 34-year-old San Antonio Spurs legend is averaging 18.9 points per game, and leads the team with 6.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.
DeMar DeRozan: He guarantees points. He is leading the team with 22.1 points per game and is a leader in the team with 4.6 assists per game.
Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell: The duo features off the bench, but don't take them as 2nd unit player. The numbers are as good as any player from the starting five, in fact, better.
San Antonio Spurs: The hosts have a clean bill of health for this hame. All the players are available for selection. That said, Marco Belinelli was not involved in the last game due to load management.
San Antonio Spurs squad: DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Pöltl, Derrick White, Patty Mills, LaMarcus Aldridge, Dejounte Murray (Doubtful- rest purposes), Lonnie Walker, Marco Belinelli, Bryn Forbes, DeMarre Carroll, Rudy Gay, Trey Lyles
Los Angeles Clippers Team News: Kawhi Leonard was held out of the last game against the Memphis Grizzlies due to rest purposes, but should return to the starting five for this game.
Rodney McGruder has been ruled out due to a hamstring issue, while Landry Shamet (ankle injury) and Amir Coffey (ankle) will miss the game as well.
Los Angeles Clippers: Kawhi Leonard, Lou Williams, Ivica Zubac, Montrezl Harrell, Patrick Beverley, JaMychal Green, Maurice Harkless, Terance Mann, Rodney McGruder, Johnathan Motley, Patrick Patterson
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San Antonio Spurs:
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge
SF: DeMar DeRozan
C: Jakob Poeltl
PG: Derrick White
SG: Bryn Forbes
Los Angeles Clippers:
PF: Kawhi Leonard
SF: Maurice Harkless
C: Ivica Zubac
PG: Patrick Beverley
SG: Paul George
San Antonio Spurs: Dejounte Murray, Patty Mills, Rudy Gay, Marco Belinelli, Trey Lyles, DeMarre Carroll, Lonnie Walker
Los Angeles Clippers: Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, JaMychal Green, Rodney McGruder, Terance Mann, Jerome Robinson
Considering the form of both the team, the Clippers are definitely the favourite to win the game.