# DATE OPPONENT TIME RESULT BROADCAST SERIES
Game 1 Tuesday, May 15 @ SAN ANTONIO 6:30 p.m. 108-90 (L) TNT (0-1)
Game 2 Thursday, May 17 @ SAN ANTONIO 6:30 p.m. 105-88 (L) ESPN (0-2)
Game 3 Saturday, May 19 SAN ANTONIO 12:30 p.m. 96-86 (L) ABC (0-3)
Game 4 Sunday, May 20 SAN ANTONIO 7:30 p.m. 102-99 (L) TNT (0-4)


CLIPPERS' HISTORIC SEASON ENDS IN SWEEP
RYAN MENEZES | 5/20/12



LOS ANGELES-As the finality of the end of his first playoff set in, Blake Griffin sank to his haunches on the Staples Center court and put his arms over his head.

In his second professional season, Griffin battled through injuries and the Clippers battled as a team. But even in their best game of the series, it still wasn't enough to beat the Spurs, who finished off a four-game sweep with a 102-99 win Sunday night. RECAP | PATTEN: CLIPPERS REFUSE TO QUIT



CLIPPERS-SPURS GAME 4 PREVIEW
ERIC PATTEN @ericpatten | 5/19/12
LOS ANGELES-The Clippers are on the precipice of elimination.

A week ago they were faced with the same plight in Memphis and advanced by overcoming a hostile crowd and injuries to numerous key starters. Entering Sunday's Game 4, they're in a much more precarious situation, trailing the top-seeded Spurs by three games and needing a win to send the series back to San Antonio. PREVIEW

CLIPPERS-SPURS GAME 3 RECAP
ERIC PATTEN @ericpatten | 5/19/12
LOS ANGELES-About 16 minutes into Game 3 Saturday afternoon, the Clippers looked like they had finally figured out how to curtail the streaking Spurs.

Everything was working. They were picking their spots to run, defending, out-working San Antonio for rebounds, and most importantly scoring at one of their best clips in the postseason. RECAP | Menezes: GRIFFIN'S BIG GAME NOT ENOUGH



CLIPPERS-SPURS GAME 3 PREVIEW
ERIC PATTEN @ericpatten | 5/19/12
LOS ANGELES-The friendly confines wait as does as a sea of red shirts.

With the Clippers down 0-2 in their second round series with the San Antonio Spurs, the West's top team, Saturday afternoon's Game 3 at Staples Center is imperative. PREVIEW

CLIPPERS HEAD HOME DOWN 0-2
ERIC PATTEN @ericpatten | 5/17/12



SAN ANTONIO - At times, there wasn't much the Clippers could do to thwart the Spurs in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals. The home team was just too efficient and too savvy. And despite a couple of spurts to get within striking distance, the Clippers could not overcome their own mistakes and another poor effort from superstar Chris Paul as they fell for the second straight time Thursday to San Antonio, 105-88. RECAP
SHOOT-AROUND REPORT: BUTLER ADJUSTING TO PLAYING WITH BROKEN HAND
ERIC PATTEN @ericpatten | 5/17/12




SAN ANTONIO - Instinct takes over and Caron Butler sometimes forgets about his broken left hand, but the pain that follows offers a sharp reminder.

Butler sat out one game with the injury, a fractured fifth metacarpal he sustained in the Clippers' playoff opener nearly three weeks ago. He's started every game since, wearing a contraption on his left hand that is part padding, part glove, and part tape. READ | GAME 2 PREVIEW | LIVE CHAT AT TIP-OFF | QUOTES FROM THE HALLWAY

PRACTICE NOTEBOOK: CLIPPERS AIM TO FIX MISTAKES IN GAME 2
ERIC PATTEN @ericpatten | 5/16/12
SAN ANTONIO-Despite a 16-point loss to the Spurs in Game 1, the Clippers are far from a state of panic.

They spent most of Wednesday's two-hour practice going over film and took part in some light shooting at AT&T Center. Head coach Vinny Del Negro said there are a number of areas the team can improve in Game 2, particularly on the defensive end of the floor. READ



CLIPPERS FALTER IN GAME 1
ERIC PATTEN @ericpatten | 5/15/12



SAN ANTONIO-The final score and a barrage of 3-pointers from the Spurs doesn't explain how close the Clippers may have been to snatching Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals away from San Antonio Tuesday at AT&T Center.

After playing even for much of the first half and putting together yet another furious rally, the Clippers had multiple opportunities to pull within six points or fewer in the final five minutes. But they failed to convert down the stretch and the Spurs pulled away for a 108-92 victory. READ | GAME 1 NOTEBOOK | PHOTOGALLERY



IT'S TIME TO GIVE THE CLIPPERS A CHANCE
ERIC PATTEN @ericpatten | 5/15/12
SAN ANTONIO-The night was filled with the kind of thunder that likely reminded Californians of another natural phenomenon. It wasn't beneath their feet and buildings weren't exactly shaking, but it was still a storm loud enough to wake the neighbors. READ



SCOUTING REPORT
ERIC PATTEN @ericpatten | 5/15/12

Round two is here.

The Clippers and Spurs tipoff Game 1 in San Antonio Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. PST. To help get you up to speed, Clippers.com talked about the matchup with a Western Conference front office executive as well as an advance scout for an opposing team. Here's a look at how they break down the Spurs and the series. While many pundits have predicted the Spurs will dominate, our consultants both anticipate it will be a much longer series than expected. READ

CLIPPERS GAME 1 SHOOT-AROUND REPORT
ERIC PATTEN @ericpatten | 5/15/12

SAN ANTONIO-It's been well documented that the four-time champion Spurs have transitioned over the last two or three seasons from a precision defensive team to an offensive juggernaut.

The numbers back it up. They've averaged 102.9 points per game since 2009-10, a 6.3 point jump from their previous four-year average. Yet what's remarkable about the philosophical shift is that at their core they've remained inherently the same. READ

PRACTICE NOTEBOOK: CLIPPERS MOVE ON TO SPURS
ERIC PATTEN @ericpatten | 5/14/12
SAN ANTONIO-The playoffs offer little forgiveness.

After a seven-game, two-week battle with the Memphis Grizzlies, the Clippers are faced with a quick turnaround to prepare for the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs.

Game 1 is Tuesday in San Antonio at 6:30 p.m. PST, a little more than 48 hours after the conclusion of the Clippers 10-point win to eliminate the Grizzlies in round one. READ

CALL THEM THE 'GOON SQUAD'
ERIC PATTEN @ericpatten | 5/14/12
SAN ANTONIO-They're known inside the locker room as the "Goon Squad."

Reggie Evans. Kenyon Martin. Nick Young. Eric Bledsoe. Mo Williams.

The five-man bench unit that tilted the first-round series with the Memphis Grizzlies then won it for the Clippers in Game 7. READ



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