When: Mon., Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. 2017
After trading “Point God” Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets over the summer and losing All-Star forward Blake Griffin and defensive specialist Patrick Beverly to injury, the Los Angeles Clippers remain the most snake-bit franchise in the NBA. Looking back, Coach Doc Rivers and his Lob City Clippers never really capitalized on the momentum built dispatching the Spurs in the 2015 playoffs. The grueling game-seven loss at the hands of Paul marked the first rumblings of the end of an era for San Antonio, with Aron Baynes, Marco Belinelli, Cory Joseph and Tiago Splitter departing to other rosters in the offseason. NBA icon Tim Duncan retired the following summer, and his absence serves as a steady reminder of the influence one individual can make both on and off the court. As Kawhi Leonard settles back into the kinetic rhythms of professional basketball, the season truly begins for the Spurs.