Originally written on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 11/6/14

It's loud outside of the AT&T Center and music is blasting for what seems like a huge party. That music, however, is for the San Antonio Spurs' fans as the Spurs finally have a game to host after eight days off. The Spurs will be hosting the "Lob City" Los Angeles Clippers, only "Lob City" is more like "we're banged up city" today.

"We're banged up," said Clipper head coach Vinny Del Negro, a former Spur, "but we can't worry about that right now." The Clippers sustained a multitude of injuries in their first round win against the physical Memphis Grizzlies that took seven games to decide. Blake Griffin is having knee issues, Caron Butler has a broken hand, and Chris Paul also isn't 100% according to Del Negro, but all are ready to battle against San Antonio.

"They're going to come out with a lot of energy," said Del Negro of the Spurs, "we've got to match them." What's so difficult about the Spurs according to Del Negro is that they score the ball at a high rate, and they spread their opponents out. "We've got to get out on our closeouts," said Del Negro of stopping the Spurs' three point shooting.

Asked if the Spurs have the coaching edge in this series, Del Negro quickly said, "absolutely," but he also credits his former coach Gregg Popovich for helping him excel into the coach he's become today. "He's helped me tremendously," said Del Negro of Pop. 

From Del Negro's perspective, upsetting San Antonio would be a huge accomplishment, but not a miracle.

For the Spurs and coach Pop, their main agenda will be trying to stop Paul. "Obviously he has skills," said Pop of Paul, "he has an uncanny bio-mechanic about him. You add in the intangibles," continued Pop, "(and) he's out there to kick your butt."

Pregame Tidbits

  • "We talked about it everyday," said Pop of the Spurs initially not knowing if they'd play the Grizzlies or the Clippers in the second round.
  • "I think it's fantastic," said Pop of rookie Kawhi Leonard being selected for the U.S.'s Select Squad. 
  • In the Clippers locker room, Nick Young, Reggie Evans, and a few other players were loose and relaxed. In the Spurs' locker room, Gary Neal and Kawhi Leonard were focused in and watching game tape with their usual, quiet, focused attitude.
  • In pregame shoot around, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan was working on his post moves. Reggie Evans was working on his inside jumper inside of 10-feet. Danny Green was working on his catch-and-pump fake drill, while Duncan, Parker, and Neal were all working on their jump shots.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Aaron Hernandez jurors allowed to watch Super Bowl

Tiger misses cut: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’

Roger Goodell grilled on Deflategate during presser

Rex Ryan: Seahawks need to ‘take the air out of the football’

J.J. Watt buys cabin in the middle of nowhere to train


Six teams have done background work on Peterson

NBA set to earn $700M through streaming deal in China

Wade Phillips is the best coordinator hire this offseason

Bill Belichick gives understated scouting report of Tom Brady

Five teams that failed to improve this offseason

Steelers fans were more profane on social media

Most unexpected MLB free agent signings of past 10 years

Five most villainous Super Bowls of all time

Super Bowl ad focuses on acceptance of gay athletes

Foster says UT boosters paid him $40-50K while in college

Ranking the repeat Super Bowl champions

Eric Decker to Sherman: Time your conception a little better

Could Katy Perry and Russell Wilson be dating?

The Media isn't the villain we deserve, but it's the one we need

Are LeBron and the Cavs ready to make a run?

The Super Bowl and the things that can't be controlled

DeMarcus Cousins calls out writer for five-year-old tweet

What if Drew Bledsoe didn't get injured in 2001?

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 13 things we want to see in Super Bowl XLIX

Tiger Woods, misses cut: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’

Ranking the repeat SB champions

Roger Goodell grilled on Deflategate

Katy Perry, Russell Wilson dating?

Rex Ryan has advice for Seahawks

Super Bowl: Things you can't control

LeBron and the Cavs are ready to make a run

Cousins calls out writer's old tweet

Seahawks praise Brady's trash-talk

Who should be in 2015 HOF class

Rex Ryan downplays Deflategate

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.