SAN ANTONIO – In what’s becoming his pregame mantra, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said he will once have to again wait and see.
With multiple starters, including Blake Griffin and Chris Paul nursing injuries, the coach said he will “manage” the minutes of the two stars, keeping in mind that this is only Game 1 of a seven-game series.
“We’re banged up, but we can’t worry about that right now,” Del Negro said prior to tipoff against the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday night. “It’s a series, this is the first game of it, and we’ve got to feel it out a little bit.”
Both teams will have to make adjustments early. The Clippers played a more physical Memphis Grizzles team in the first round while the Spurs made short work of a Utah Jazz team that relied on points in the paint.