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
PLAYA VISTA – At the risk of morphing into a Southern California cliché, Doc Rivers took a break from studying film on the off-day following Tuesday’s Game 5 loss to the Utah Jazz and, with perhaps just 48 minutes remaining in his team’s season, went for a long walk on the beach.
Well, maybe not long.
“I can’t go for anything long,” Rivers joked, a moment of levity amid a tense first-round series, “because I’m too fat and too old and too out of shape. My walks are 10 steps and then I turn around and then I go sit down