LOS ANGELES — It isn’t about form. It’s about confidence. Catch it, jump, shoot it. If you think the basketball will go in the basket, then it probably will. If you think it won’t, then it probably won’t. Doubts can ruin a perfectly good jump shot, according to Clippers forward Wesley Johnson.
When he sank all four of his 3-point attempts, and 6 of 8 shots overall, during the Clippers’ exhibition victory Thursday over the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center, it wasn’t about tweaking his release or jumping higher or lower or finding a special spot on the floor.
PLAYA VISTA – Doc Rivers gives the credit to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. For a franchise with a transient history and no heritage to speak of, those two superstars have lent the Clippers stability and credibility.
“These guys have been responsible for the birth of our franchise in a lot of ways,” the Clippers coach said Wednesday.
Put the annual postseason flameouts aside for a moment. The Clippers have won 50-plus games for five consecutive seasons, one of only two teams to do that during that stretch; their players show up on postseason awards ballots year after year; it is generally
No, really. This isn’t a tribue to Chris Paul, much as he deserves it, as do they all for the professionalism they have shown after losing Blake Griffin once more.
This is about their future, precarious as it looks, even if they escape their usual first-round exit in Sunday’s Game 7 … which would leave them to face mighty Golden State, looking at their usual second-round exit … after which CP3 and Blake can opt out and become free agents.
Of course, this is irresistible to the press, which frames every reverse as the end of the current era, as in: Has