SAN ANTONIO – When the San Antonio Spurs host the LA Clippers Tuesday night, it will the be the first time the Spurs have faced the Clippers since Chris Paul moved to Houston.
The Spurs have not seen a lot of the Clippers without Paul, but they do know things will be a little different.
"It is kind of a different team but they still demand a lot of respect for their talent," said Manu Ginobilli.
"I can imagine that things are different and from game preparations the way the play obviously different. Chris has been the head of the snake, regardless they are a very good team," Patty Mills said.
The Clippers started the season 4-0 but have lost two straight at home coming into Tuesday night's game. They are 5-4.
The Spurs also started the season 4-0, then lost four straight but are now on a two-game winning streak.
With Paul gone, Blake Griffin has taken over the leadership role. He is leading the team with nearly 24 points a game while DeAndre Jordan is pulling down 15 rebounds a game.
The Spurs will once again be missing Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker.
Kyle Anderson has been filling in for Leonard and is doing an adequate job, but the Spurs still miss their leading scorer and top defender.
"The last two games it was a team effort to make sure we put it in the bag and not have Kawhi there to have to save us," said Mills. "So that was the adjustment that we made from the previous three, four losses which is pleasing to see."
As long as the team is winning is it a chance for young guys like Anderson to get some time and Rudy Gay can log some big minutes off the bench, but this can't last forever.
"I think it is going to be a great thing for the team long term, short term we miss him, we need him out there," said Ginobili.
After tonight the Spurs will host Milwuakee on Friday and wrap up the six game home stand Saturday hosting Chicago.
Spurs rookie guard Derrick White has a fractured right wrist and is out indefinitely.
The Spurs said Monday that White was hurt on Saturday during a G League game for the Austin Spurs against the Texas Legends.
A timeline for White's return will be determined later.
San Antonio selected White with the No. 29 pick in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-5 combo guard averaged 18.3 points in his lone at Colorado, where he transferred after starting his career at Division II Colorado-Colorado Springs.