Spurs' Kawhi Leonard to make home debut versus LA Clippers on Monday
Tip-off between San Antonio, Los Angeles is 7:30 p.m. on FSN Southwest
SAN ANTONIO – Spurs' forward Kawhi Leonard will make his home debut when San Antonio takes on the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.
The tip-off between San Antonio and Los Angeles is 7:30 p.m. and the game will be shown on Fox Sports Southwest.
The Spurs are coming off an improbable victory over the Dallas Mavericks at home on Saturday night. The Spurs scored the final 13 points of the game, rallying for a surprising 98-96 victory. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points and had 14 rebounds and Manu Ginobili made the game's winning basket with just 3.1 seconds left.
The double-double was Aldridge's 12th of the season and helped in the absences of starters Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Danny Green. The Spurs still managed to have five players score in double figures as reserve Davis Bertans finished with 13 points and Ginobili added 12 off the bench.
Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker were held out versus Dallas as part of their recovery from quadriceps injuries. Danny Green was a late-game scratch due to tightness in his groin.
Leonard has played in just 16 and 17 minutes respectively in his two games back due to a minutes restriction. Leonard scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds in his first game and followed that up with a 12 point, four rebound performance versus Houston.
The Los Angeles Clippers (11-17) enter the game losers of two straight after falling to the Miami Heat on Saturday night.
Montrezl Harrell led the Clippers with 15 points, and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 20 rebounds in the loss.
The Clippers have had to deal with a multitude of injures early in the first season -- which is their first without point guard Chris Paul, who left the team during the offseason.
Injured All-Star Blake Griffin is expected to miss up to two months after suffering an MCL sprain and new starting point guard Patrick Beverley is out for the remainder of the year. Free agent acquisition Danillo Gallinari only has appeared in 11 games so far and young guard Austin Rivers did not play in their most recent game versus Miami due to a concussion.
Veteran guard Lou Williams has picked up his play for the team in their absence, averaging 19.9 points on 44 percent shooting from the floor. Center DeAndre Jordan, a former Texas A&M star, is also averaging a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds, despite constant trade rumors.
Monday's meeting between the two teams will be the second of the year. The Spurs and Clippers will again play on Tuesday April 3.
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