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Austin Rivers Expected To Return For Game 5

Apr 24, 2017 1:54 PM

Austin Rivers is expected to return to the Los Angeles Clippers' lineup for Game 5 against the Utah Jazz.

Rivers has missed 11 games with a hamstring injury.

Their series against the Jazz shifts back to Los Angeles for Game 5 tied at 2-2.

Rivers has been a key part of the Clippers' bench.

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Tags: Austin Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Blake Griffin Ruled Out For Playoffs With Toe Injury

Apr 22, 2017 10:51 AM

Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the playoffs with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe.

Griffin suffered the injury in Game 3 of the first round.

Griffin had averaged 25.0 points per game during the first two games of the series.

Griffin will be re-evaluated upon the team’s return to Los Angeles and will see foot and ankle specialist Dr. Richard Ferkel.

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Chris Paul 'Would Love' To Have Staples Center Statue

Apr 19, 2017 4:47 PM

Staples Center has a number of statues of former Los Angeles Lakers with Shaquille O'Neal joining Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jerry West.

If a member of the Los Angeles Clippers ends up with a statue, it is likely to be Chris Paul.

“I ain’t gonna lie to you, I haven’t drove by those statues yet,” Paul told The Undefeated late Tuesday night in an exclusive interview. “I don’t come in that way. No, I don’t come in that way. Where are they at, by the way? Are they in the front? We come in that back way. …

“I would love to have a statue. Love it. Absolutely. But there is a lot of work to be done before that’s the case. With those guys out there, you think about leaving a lasting imprint. It’s bigger than the game. All those guys out there have done that.”

Paul was asked to describe what his time with the Clippers has been like.

"We’ve had our ups and downs and things like that. I think we have some unfinished business."

Paul can become a free agent this offseason.

"That is the last thing on my mind. My mind right now is about how we’re going to beat Utah."

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Tags: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

Doc Rivers Wants To Keep Clippers Together

Apr 18, 2017 12:29 PM

Doc Rivers wants to keep the core of the Los Angeles clippers together this offseason. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick will all be free agents this summer.

“Here's my argument to (the question of whether all that luxury tax is worth it),” Rivers told USA TODAY Sports recently. “Let's say we don't win this year — which I think we will, (but) let's say we don't. Do you give up on a 50-win team that has proven that they're really close (to winning it all), or do you hang in there and keep trying to maybe make changes around (the core)?

“I always use Utah as a great (example). Thank God Karl Malone and (John) Stockton didn't listen to people, you know what I mean? They fell (in the playoffs), and kept trying and kept trying. And finally, late in their careers, they finally broke through to the Finals. They didn't win it (all). But you know, that's the pursuit. I just think it's so easy to (say), 'Hey, they should break up,' from the outside. And I think that's such an easy opinion.”

The Clippers could have $140 million in salaries and $56 million in luxury tax payments next season if they re-sign everyone.

Rivers is three years into a five-year deal worth more than $50 million.

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Tags: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, J.J. Redick, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Paul George, Chris Paul Named Players Of The Month

Apr 14, 2017 1:09 PM

Paul George and Chris Paul have been named the NBA's Players of the Month for April.

George averaged an NBA-high 32.8 points and added 8.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists as the Pacers went 5-1 in April to clinch a playoff spot for the sixth time in seven seasons. 

Paul averaged 21.2 points, 9.8 assists and 5.0 rebounds in April while the Clippers went 5-0.

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Nate McMillan, Doc Rivers Named Coaches Of The Month

Apr 14, 2017 12:39 PM

The Indiana Pacers' Nate McMillan and the LA Clippers' Doc Rivers were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in April.

McMillan guided the Pacers to a 5-1 record during April, tied for the best mark in the Eastern Conference. Indiana closed the month and the regular season with five consecutive victories to secure the seventh playoff seed in the East. For the month, the Pacers ranked third in the NBA in scoring (115.5 ppg) and fourth in field goal percentage (50.1) and point differential (plus-11.7). 

Behind Rivers, the Clippers went 5-0 in April to finish as the NBA's only undefeated team for the month and extend their regular-season-ending winning streak to seven games. LA outscored its opponents by a league-best 16.4 points per game and led the NBA in field goal percentage (51.5). On the final day of the regular season, the Clippers defeated the Sacramento Kings 115-95 to clinch the fourth playoff seed in the Western Conference.

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Chris Paul Closer To Doc Rivers Than Any Clippers' Teammates

Mar 23, 2017 2:27 PM

Chris Paul is one of the best point guards of all-time but he has been considered a difficult player to play with at various times in his career. 

One team source told Bleacher Report that Paul's hard-driving nature and politician's polish mean "nobody's really friends with Chris."

Paul is also much closer to Doc Rivers than any of his teammates, according to another source.

Both Paul and Blake Griffin are free agents this summer.

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Knicks Committed To Trading Carmelo Anthony In Offseason

Mar 20, 2017 4:24 PM

The New York Knicks are committed to trading away Carmelo Anthony in the summer.

The Knicks explored trade scenarios involving Anthony leading up to the deadline.

Anthony has a full no-trade clause, which means he would have to formally approve any trade.

The Los Angeles Clippers privately expressed confidence they could trade for Anthony in the offseason. 

With the Knicks struggling over the past few seasons, they would like to rebuild entirely around Kristaps Porzingis.

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Doc Rivers Denies Report Linking Him To Orlando

Mar 20, 2017 2:47 PM

Doc Rivers has denied a story linking him to the Orlando Magic.

A report from ESPN suggested Rivers could be a candidate to return to the Magic in a general manager/head coach capacity. Rivers began his coaching career with the Magic.

“I want to make this a place where it’s a pride of place,” Rivers said. “I haven’t accomplished that yet. And that’s my goal. That drives me, to make this a destination that people want to come to and you have pride in. I think we’ve improved it greatly, but it’s still not. … I haven’t reached my goal at all, and I’m fully aware of that.”

Rivers joined the Clippers in 2013.

"I can tell you I had a past with the Magic. I have no future [in Orlando]. My future's here."

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

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Clippers, Heat Interested In Carlos Boozer

Mar 18, 2017 11:56 AM

Carlos Boozer continues to play in the Chinese Basketball Association playoffs for the Guangdong Southern Tigers.

Boozer's performance has reportedly put him back onto the radar of NBA teams.

The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers are among the teams tracking Boozer.

Boozer is eligible to play in the NBA postseason for anyone who signs him, since he hasn't been on a roster all season, but the one requirement is that he'd have to be signed back home before the NBA regular season ends April 12.

Boozer last played in the NBA in 2015 with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Magic Could Pursue Doc Rivers For GM/Coach Job
Doc Rivers' first head coaching job was with the Magic and he still maintains a home in the area.

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J.J. Redick: Clippers In A Bad Place Right Now
J.J. Redick will be one of the many Clippers' free agents and has been considered the most likely candidate to leave the franchise in the offseason.

Bill Oram/Orange County Register

Omri Casspi Cleared To Return, Receiving Interest From Grizzlies, Clippers
Omri Casspi has been cleared to resume basketball activities after his recent thumb injury.

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Chris Paul: Players Were More Comfortable Negotiating This CBA
This season, Chris Paul balanced his commitments with the Clippers and as president of the National Basketball Players Association.

Michael Lee/The Vertical

Clippers In Talks With Rams On Arena In Inglewood
The Clippers' lease runs through 2024 and Steve Ballmer has long had interest in his own arena.

Nathan Fenno, Sam Farmer/Los Angeles Times

Draymond Green To Paul Pierce: You Can't Get No Farewell Tour
Draymond Green began talking trash during a free throw to Paul Pierce sitting on the bench during the opening minute of Thursday's game.

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Clippers, Thunder Continue To Express Interest In Wilson Chandler
Wilson Chandler requested a trade from the Nuggets in early February.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Chris Paul Could Return This Week From Thumb Surgery
Chris Paul was initially expected to miss six to eight weeks.

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Celtics, Clippers Have 'Intermittently' Held Blake Griffin Talks
The Clippers would seek Jae Crowder, either Avery Bradley or Marcus Smart and multiple picks in exchange for Blake Griffin.

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Bulls Aggressively Shopping Nikola Mirotic
The Clippers are one possible destination for Nikola Mirotic.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Teams Interested In Carmelo Anthony Expect Him To Remain With Knicks
Carmelo Anthony doesn't have a strong interest in changing teams during the middle of the season and hasn't been approached by the Knicks on any trade scenarios.

Adrian Wojarowski/The Vertical

Clippers, Thunder Interested In Wilson Chandler
Both the Clippers and Thunder have limited assets to offer though they'd like to be buyers at the deadline.

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Blake Griffin, LeBron James Named Players Of The Week
Blake Griffin won his sixth career Player of the Week award by helping the Clippers to a 2-1 week behind averages of 26.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 9.3 assists in 35.7 minutes.

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Raptors, Clippers Interested In Trading For Danilo Gallinari
There is a growing belief the Nuggets are prepared trade Danilo Gallinari before the deadline.

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Doc Rivers Talked To Clippers About Carmelo Anthony Rumors
Doc Rivers has had conversations with his team about the rumors involving Carmelo Anthony and told them there's "nothing going on."

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Knicks Continue To Pursue Trade For Kevin Love
The Knicks have been working on three and four-team trades involving Carmelo Anthony.

Ramona Shelburne, Marc Stein/ESPN

Knicks, Clippers Seek Third Team To Facilitate Carmelo Anthony Trade
New York is reluctant to absorb the three years and $42 million left on Jamal Crawford's contract after this season.

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Knicks Open To Dealing Carmelo Anthony To Clippers Without One Of Big 3 In Return
The Knicks technically cannot trade for Blake Griffin because a team cannot have two Designated Rookie Max extensions on a roster acquired via a trade at any time.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Phil Jackson Determined To Trade Carmelo Anthony, Reaches Out To Celtics, Clippers
Phil Jackson wants to begin rebuilding around Kristaps Porzingis.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Blake Griffin Expected To Return From Injury Tuesday
The Clippers have compiled a 10-8 record while Blake Griffin has been sidelined.

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