For the Los Angeles Clippers, it’s a matter of good news and bad news. Then maybe some even better news. Let’s start with the bad news.
• Bad news: The Clippers are now 0-4 after Monday’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs, marking the third straight season they’ve started 0-4 or worse. The Clips have also lost 22 of their last 26 games going back to last season.
• Good news: Rookie Blake Griffin, a possible ray of light for the slumping franchise, is averaging a double-double through four games, with 16.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.
• Better news: The Clippers only have to face the Spurs twice more this season, and not again after Dec. 1.
Why is that such great news for the Clippers? Well, if they’re going to make any sort of playoff run, they don't want to see the Spurs anywhere near their schedule down the stretch.
Monday’s loss was the Clippers' 17th in a row to the Spurs, and the Clips have lost 25 of their last 26 games to San Antonio. If anyone should forget the Alamo, it should be the Clippers.
Spurs vs Clippers, Last 26 Meetings
That also happened to be the last season the Clippers went to the playoffs, getting the No. 6 seed and knocking off the Denver Nuggets in the first round before bowing out in seven games to the Phoenix Suns.
The loss didn’t bother the Spurs much, as they finished the regular season with a Western Conference best 63-19 record.
More bad news for the Clippers: They'll have to play the Spurs again in less than two weeks; the two teams are slated to meet Nov. 10 in San Antonio.