Spurs’ slump continues with 116-111 loss to Clippers
LOS ANGELES - Fourteen games into his 13th NBA season, LaMarcus Aldridge finds himself in unchartered territory.
He doesn’t know exactly how he got there, but he’s confident he’ll find his way out.
“I don’t think I’ve ever gone through (something like) this.…But I will figure it out,” Aldridge said of an offensive slump that’s bedeviled him and the Spurs as they’ve dropped five of their last six games, including a 116-111 decision to the Clippers on Thursday night.
The Spurs (7-7) have lost three straight, all coming on the three-games-in-four-nights’ West road trip that ended at the Staples Center with sixth man extraordinaire Lou Williams scoring nine of his team-high 23 points in the final four minutes, including 29-foot pull-up 3-pointer that gave the Clippers a 110-107 lead with 41.4 seconds left.
But unlike Wednesday’s night’s game in Phoenix when they lost by 20 points to the 2-11 Suns, the Spurs left L.A. feeling better about themselves after they dug their way out of a 14-point hole in the first half to come within a play or two of beating Doc Rivers’ hot team, which improved to 9-5 with their third straight win.
“I was real proud of them. I thought they did a hell of a job,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “We got better tonight in a lot of different ways. We keep having those periods where we’re making a few unnecessary fouls or screw up some defensive rotations and give up a seven- or eight-point run…But that’s part of the learning process for a young team that hasn’t played together.
“I’m just thrilled with them. The Clippers played a great game, and I’m glad for that because it made us better.”