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Chris Paul Out For Game 2

May 6, 2015 12:31 PM

Chris Paul is doubtful to play in Game 2 for the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Doc Rivers during Wednesday's shootaround.

Paul is working on coming back from a right hamstring injury he suffered in the first half of Game 7 against the San Antonio Spurs.

The Clippers won Game 1 on Monday without Paul.

Update: Paul was eventually ruled out for the game.

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Chris Paul Given 50-50 Odds Of Playing In Game 2

May 5, 2015 3:58 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers plan on playing Chris Paul in Game 2 if he's healthy enough to go.

With the Clippers winning Game 1, it would make sense to rest Paul again to not risk him aggravating his injured right hamstring.

Doc Rivers said it is 50-50 whether Paul will play.

Paul is officially listed as questionable.

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

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Chris Paul Sits Out Game 1 With Injured Hamstring

May 4, 2015 8:05 PM

Chris Paul will sit Game 1 for the Los Angeles Clippers against the Houston Rockets with his injured hamstring.

Paul picked up the injury in Game 7 of the Clippers' first round series against the San Antonio Spurs.

Paul had less than 48 hours of rest following Game 7 on Saturday.

Doc Rivers does expect Paul to play in the series.

Austin Rivers was named the starter at point guard in place of Paul

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Chris Paul Questionable For Game 1 With Hamstring Strain

May 3, 2015 4:23 PM

Chris Paul is listed as questionable to play in Game 1 of the Los Angeles Clippers' series against the Houston Rockets.

Paul suffered a left hamstring strain in Game 7 against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.

Paul briefly went to the locker room and returned to the game.

Brad Turner/Los Angeles Times

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Doc Rivers Calls Clippers-Spurs His Hardest Playoff Series 'By Far'

May 1, 2015 12:18 PM

Doc Rivers has faced the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat with LeBron James as a head coach, as well as twice meeting Kobe Bryant in the NBA Finals.

However, the Los Angeles Clippers' coach said he believes this first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs is his most difficult.

“This is the hardest one by far,” Rivers said.

Both the Clippers and Spurs are tied at 3-3 with Game 7 in Los Angeles on Saturday.

“This series, in some way, should go seven,” Rivers said. “It's almost like it's right; that's what should happen in this series. And it is.”

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA

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Doc Rivers Fined $25K By NBA For Public Criticism Of Officiating

Apr 29, 2015 9:43 PM

Doc Rivers was fined $25,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the officiating in the Los Angeles Clippers' loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5, the league announced Wednesday.

Rivers criticized the referees in his postgame press conference.

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Sources: DeAndre Jordan Interested In Playing For Mavs

Apr 29, 2015 8:29 AM

DeAndre Jordan has made it clear through back channels that he will be extremely interested in coming to play for the Dallas Mavericks, according to sources.

Signing Jordan would mean letting Tyson Chandler leave again after another one-season stint with the Mavs.

"That's up to management and what they decide to do," Chandler said of his possible future in Dallas.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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NBA To Hold Serious Talks On Eliminating Hack-A-Shaq

Apr 24, 2015 9:02 PM

Adam Silver expects the NBA to have "full-throated conversations" in the offseason about implementing rules to eliminate the Hack-a-Shaq strategy.

Silver acknowledged that changing rules is difficult, but that the league must consider whether the Hack-a-Shaq detracts from the game's entertainment value.

"It's something that I'm on the fence about," Silver told ESPN. "My thought used to be that we should definitely change the rule, and then having sat through several general managers meetings, competition meetings and having heard from some of the game's very best, the view is the players should hit their free throws. That's changed my view a little bit.

"Having said that, when I watch some of these games on television, frankly, it's not great entertainment for our fans, and that's important as well. What I've said is we have another general managers meeting coming up in May, we have a competition committee meeting in June, and I'm sure it's going to be a hot topic of discussion. Then, we have an owners meeting in July, so I think at all three of those meetings we're going to be having full-throated conversations about what the right rules should be going forward."

The San Antonio Spurs used the strategy against DeAndre Jordan in Game 2.

"But at the end of the day, it's about the game," Silver said. "I used to run something called NBA Entertainment, but I always remind myself in my job now as commissioner and managing the league office, it's the game above all. So I think we have to [determine] what makes the most sense for the game.

"That's why I'm sensitive about guys being able to make their free throws, and I also find that sometimes it's a fascinating strategy. We're very conservative when it comes to changing the rules of the game. That's why changing the rules of the game requires more than the majority of the owners; it requires a super majority. So we've got to be very careful, but it is something that we're looking at closely."

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA CBA

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Kawhi Leonard Wins Defensive Player Of The Year

Apr 23, 2015 10:25 AM

Kawhi Leonard has been named the 2015 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, beating out Draymond Green and DeAndre Jordan.

Leonard won the award despite playing in just 64 games and finished with 333 total points in the voting.

Green received eight more first place votes than Leonard and had 317 total points.

Anthony Davis finished with 107 points, followed by Rudy Gobert with 31 and Tony Allen with 29.

Click here to view the historical Defensive Player of the Year winners.

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Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Award

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Doc Rivers: Players Want To Be Like Mike, Coaches Want To Be Like Pop

Apr 19, 2015 4:12 PM

Doc Rivers talked about how much he admires Gregg Popovich ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers' first round series against the San Antonio Spurs.

"I think every coach in the league wants to be like Pop," Rivers said. "Players want to be like Mike. We want to be like Pop."

Rivers nearly replaced Popovich as head coach of the Spurs in 1999. The Spurs had started the lockout-shortened season slowly and there was pressure to fire Popovich and hire Rivers, who was a member of their broadcast team.

Said Avery Johnson: "There was a lot of noise about Pop being potentially replaced by Doc."

 

The Spurs turned around their season and eventually won the Finals.

"The only talk I had back then was I made sure I wasn't a part of all that bulls---," Rivers told ESPN.com on Saturday. "I don't think it was as close as people thought it was. Maybe it was. I've read that it was. I tried to stay out of it."

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Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Brad Stevens, Doc Rivers Named Coaches Of The Month For April
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Chris Paul, Blake Griffin Have On-Court Argument
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Clippers Sign Lester Hudson On 10-Day Contract
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Jamal Crawford Confident Of Returning This Season
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Blake Griffin's Battery Case Dismissed
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Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul Named NBA Players Of Week
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Jamal Crawford Not Close To Return From Calf Injury
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Clippers Sign Jordan Hamilton For Remainder Of Season
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Nate Robinson Signs With Clippers
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Jordan Hamilton Signs 2nd 10-Day Contract With Clippers
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Blake Griffin Could Return On Sunday
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