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What took the Clippers so long, anyway?

“I was kind of expecting to play on Sunday,” Manu Ginobili said. “The uncertainty is not always good. I came here (Saturday) thinking I was going to know, and then I didn’t. It’s demotivating. Because you can’t prepare for nobody.”

The Spurs won two of three meetings with the Clippers this season, their only loss coming when Parker sat out with a sore thigh. That was March 9; the Spurs have lost only three more times since then, and once was when coach Gregg Popovich didn’t play Parker, Ginobili and Tim Duncan so his stars could rest.

By Monday afternoon, the Clippers were so starved for rest that Griffin was talking about the Game 7 afternoon start almost as though it were a blessing, because it gave them another precious half-day to recover.

“Going through a seven-game series is definitely exhausting,” Griffin said. “We may have some guys that are a little beat-up. That’s how it is. But a lot of teams have that, and we can’t use that as an excuse.”