Courageous Austin Rivers might now be looking at sweet payday

Austin Rivers speaks to his father, Clippers coach Doc Rivers, after coming back a quarter after having his eye busted up by an errant elbow delivered by Portland’ Al-Farouq Aminu this past Friday in the Clippers’ Game 6 loss at Moda Center in Portland/AP photo by Craig Mitchelldyer   Austin Rivers at some point may actually want to thank Al-Farouq Aminu of the Portland Trail...
Via Inside the Clippers
6 hours ago

2016 Not-So-Clippers Exit Interview: Alex Stepheson

We kick off our annual series by reviewing the LA native's brief time with the team. Name: Alex Stepheson Age: 28 (turns 29 in August) Key Stats: 4 games played, 12 minutes played, 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 4 fouls.  1-1 from the field. Years in the NBA: 1 2015-16 Salary: Two 10-day contracts with LAC, valued at $30,888 each. Future contract status: Signed one 10...
Via Clips Nation
11 hours ago

Doc Rivers: Goal is to re-sign current Clippers, but salary cap increase will make it difficult

PLAYA VISTA – In years past, the summer has come with a clear edict for the Clippers. Don’t let Chris Paul leave. Improve the bench. Re-sign DeAndre Jordan. But the upcoming offseason will be different, Coach Doc Rivers said Monday. “I don’t...
Via The OC Register
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Austin Rivers was the real Game 6 MVP despite Clippers loss

“Here’s my knock on Rivers. He thinks he’s Kobe. He’s not. He doesn’t have the length, the height, nor the athletic ability… [Damian] Lillard is a willing passer. Rivers isn’t and will never be… I just don’t see Rivers ever being anywhere near as unselfish or efficient. I think Rivers will be shocked at the athleticism and length at his position.” These were...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
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Clippers’ Paul Pierce says he’s ’50/50′ to retire now

Paul Pierce endured another draining playoff exit with the Los Angeles Clippers this season, and now says there’s only a ’50/50′ chance of him coming back for 2016-17. This season wasn’t easy for any members of the Los Angeles Clippers. For Paul Pierce in particular, it was a year of individual struggle, both physically and mentally. There […] Clippers’ Paul Pierce...
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The Clippers Offseason Plan Nobody is Talking About

Rebuilds among 53-win teams are a rarity. Generally, that sort of record indicates contention. But 53-win teams usually don’t finish 20 wins behind their conference leader. The Golden State anomaly changes the way teams have to think about roster construction. Not only did they just win 73 games, but their best player is only 28. Their two other All Stars, Draymond Green and Klay...
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The Clippers and the "blow it up" lie

The basic problem with the argument that the Clippers should trade one of their stars is that there is no evidence that the strategy helps teams win titles. There were stories last summer about the possibility of blowing up the nucleus of the Los Angeles Clippers. When Blake Griffin was injured and the Clippers suddenly started playing better, the idea began to take root a bit more...
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1 day ago

Paul Pierce unsure if he will return to Clippers next season

When Paul Pierce signed with his old coach Doc Rivers in Los Angeles last summer, he believed he was joining a team on the verge of a championship. But after being dumped in the first round by the Blazers, accompanied by some of the worst injury luck ever to befall a team, Pierce is iffy on whether to return to the Clips next season. Should Pierce return next season, he would be...
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Playoff Post-Mortem: Los Angeles Clippers

Welcome to Playoff Post-Mortem, where I’ll break down why a particular team is longer alive in the playoffs, what good they can take from their exit, and what comes next. I’ll also speculate where the players will be going on vacation. R.I.P. to every team taken from these playoffs too soon, and best wishes to The post Playoff Post-Mortem: Los Angeles Clippers appeared first on No Coast Bias.
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Paul Pierce says he’s ’50-50′ on retirement

Paul Pierce has two years left on the contract he signed with the Los Angeles Clippers last summer, but he admitted Friday that retirement is playing on his mind. After the Clippers were eliminated Friday night, Pierce spoke about contemplating retirement and said that he was going to think long and hard about his future. “Each and every year for the last couple of years, I’ve...
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In defeat, Austin Rivers wins more than a moment can measure

When Austin Rivers came to the Los Angeles Clippers, it was impossible to ignore — whether founded or not — the idea that coach and general manager Doc Rivers was trying to advance his son’s career. The inclination to think that favoritism was at the root of Doc’s decision was understandable. Moreover, Doc certainly does play favorites; how else to explain the acquisition...
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WATCH: Clippers guard Rivers returns to game after 11 stitches to eye

Austin Rivers has been heavily criticized throughout his NBA career, but no basketball fan can speak ill of the effort he gave during Friday night’s playoff loss to the Portland Trailblazers. Rivers, filling in for the injured Chris Paul, scored 21 points and dished out eight assists, grabbed six rebounds, and didn’t turn the ball over on the night. He finished +2 overall in...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Austin Rivers bloody after nasty elbow to head

Austin Rivers was down with a nasty cut around his eye after taking an inadvertent elbow to the head during Game 6 of the Clippers’ series with the Trail Blazers on Friday night. Rivers was going after a rebound when Al Farouq-Aminu caught him with an elbow around the eye: Rivers received a total of 11 stitches for cuts above and below his eye. According to ESPN’s Lisa Salters...
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Clippers try and break through in Game 6 in Portland

PORTLAND -- It's not like the Clippers needed more factors stacked against them in this series, but they're about to face another one Friday night. Needing a win to survive until a Game 7, the Clippers will have to due it on one of the toughest home...
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Clippers looks to force Game 7 against Blazers

Damian Lillard's fourth-quarter outburst pushed the Portland Trail Blazers within one win of eliminating the injury-plagued Los Angeles Clippers.The Blazers could use a better start from their point guard as they attempt to finish off their opening-round series in six games Friday night at home.Lillard made four of Portland's six 3-pointers and scored 16 points in the final period...
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Report: Blake Griffin played knowing he could reinjure quad

Blake Griffin was reportedly taking a significant risk in returning to the Los Angeles Clippers this season, and he knew it, too. According to Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding, Griffin was aware that it was a “strong possibility” that he would re-tear his left quadriceps tendon if he tried to return for the playoffs, but elected to do so anyway. The quad, of course, was the injury...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Clippers’ Nine Hour Championship

This article was originally published on Pick and Popovich on April 26, 2016. At approximately 3:30 P.M. EST, news broke that Stephen Curry had a sprained MCL and would be out for at least two weeks. At approximately 3:31 P.M. EST, the Los Angeles Clippers were looking at the following playoff landscape: A 2-1 series lead over the nascent Portland Trailblazers, still struggling...
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Clippers fans arrive late to Staples Center for Game 5 vs Blazers

The Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers entered Wednesday night’s Western Conference first round Game 5 match-up knotted up at 2-2. However, the fans there for opening tip at 7:00 pm PST made it seem like the Clippers and Blazers were playing a meaningless game in mid-March between two non-playoff teams. Late arriving crowd at Staples Center for the early 7pm start...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan: Ordinary together, MVPs apart

The Clippers' season effectively ended on Monday night, when Chris Paul broke his hand. Their first-round series against the Blazers is knotted at 2-2, but even if the Clips manage to make it past Dame Lillard and company, they don't stand a chance against even a Steph Curry-less Warriors team without Paul and now without Blake Griffin. The Clips will busy themselves with granular...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

For DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers who can play, a crucible arrives

In a very real sense, the Los Angeles Clippers and DeAndre Jordan are playing with less pressure in the final games of their Western Conference first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers. No Chris Paul. No Blake Griffin. The Clippers are no longer an NBA title contender after very briefly seeing a sliver of daylight following the MRI result for Stephen Curry’s knee. It’s...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Blake Griffin to miss playoffs with quad injury

After tweaking his quad on Monday night, Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers got the worst news possible Tuesday. Per Dan Woike of the Orange County Register, Griffin will miss the rest of the 2015-16 NBA Playoffs. Blake Griffin will miss the rest of the playoffs due to the injured quad - no new damage — Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) April 26, 2016 This is incredibly...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Blake Griffin ’50-50′ to play Game 5 after quad setback

The Los Angeles Clippers were dealt a couple of death blows Monday night in the team’s 98-84 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. In addition to the broken hand that could cost point guard Chris Paul the rest of the playoffs, Blake Griffin’s quad injury reared its ugly head once again. Head coach Doc Rivers wasn’t optimistic about Griffin’s availability for Game 5 Wednesday...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Paul leaves game with broken hand

The Los Angeles Clippers suffered a huge blow on Monday night when Chris Paul left the game against the Blazers with a hand injury. He hurt it trying to jar the ball loose from Gerald Henderson in the third quarter, and you can watch the play below. ESPN’s J.A. Adande reports that Paul suffered a broken hand, and CP3 could miss the rest of the postseason. A source said Chris...
Via The Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Los Angeles Clippers are playing a must-win game tonight

The Los Angeles Clippers are up 2-1 against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Clippers looked likely to sweep the series after the first two games, which they won handily, but staggered in the third game, falling to Portland 96-88 on Saturday night. This defeat came as somewhat of a shock to LA, as they had cruised to victory in their first two...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Clippers' Paul Pierce not getting many minutes, but still doling out lots of playoff wisdom

PORTLAND, Ore. – Paul Pierce had played in 159 playoff games, including a brief appearance in Game 1 of the Clippers’ series with Portland. Pierce played 10 minutes and 41 seconds in his first playoff game with the Clippers. He was the 11th man...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

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