|Western Conference - Round 1 - Best of 7 - Game 4 - LAC Leads 2-1|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||-1.3||2-3||4-1||112.4||56.0||47.7%||50.2||103.6||50.0||43.4%||57.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||108.1||54.8||39-83||47.5%||9-24||35.4%||21-29||72.9%||52||11||25||22||9||13||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||101.5||50.7||38-83||45.4%||8-22||35.9%||18-24||75.6%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||104.9||52.8||38-82||46.4%||9-24||35.6%||20-27||72.3%||51||10||23||22||8||13||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||101.0||52.1||37-85||44.1%||7-22||33.0%||19-25||75.4%||52||12||23||23||7||15||4|
|vs opponents averaging||101.7||50.9||38-83||45.5%||8-22||36.1%||18-24||75.8%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||101.8||53.3||38-85||44.6%||7-21||32.9%||19-25||75.5%||54||13||23||22||6||14||4|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||+4.3||4-1||4-1||109.8||52.8||46.2%||56.4||114.6||56.2||48.4%||50.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||104.1||52.9||39-85||46.1%||9-25||37.6%||16-21||75.2%||53||11||23||22||8||15||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||101.4||50.7||38-83||45.5%||8-21||35.7%||18-24||75.6%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||104.5||53.2||40-86||46.4%||9-25||37.3%||16-20||78.1%||53||11||24||21||8||15||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||100.0||50.8||37-84||43.8%||7-20||34.6%||19-25||76.2%||51||11||21||19||8||14||4|
|vs opponents averaging||101.8||50.9||38-83||45.6%||8-22||36.0%||18-24||75.6%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||97.3||49.0||36-84||43.2%||7-21||33.2%||18-24||74.7%||51||11||20||19||8||15||4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: LA CLIPPERS 96, GOLDEN STATE 96.1|
|3/26/2014||@ NEW ORLEANS||96-98||L||-7.5||L||206.5||U||33-80||41.2%||52||12||38-90||42.2%||64||11|
|4/24/2014||@ GOLDEN STATE||98-96||W||-3||L||212||U||40-86||46.5%||59||13||37-89||41.6%||60||17|
|4/27/2014||@ GOLDEN STATE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/29/2014||GOLDEN STATE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/2/2014||@ SAN ANTONIO||90-111||L||10||L||200||O||36-85||42.4%||36||13||44-83||53.0%||55||13|
|4/11/2014||@ LA LAKERS||112-95||W||-9.5||W||222||U||45-92||48.9%||60||17||35-89||39.3%||49||15|
|4/19/2014||@ LA CLIPPERS||109-105||W||7.5||W||211||O||40-90||44.4%||68||21||36-85||42.4%||50||17|
|4/21/2014||@ LA CLIPPERS||98-138||L||8||L||212.5||O||36-76||47.4%||44||26||47-83||56.6%||40||13|
|4/27/2014||LA CLIPPERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/29/2014||@ LA CLIPPERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|LA CLIPPERS: GUARDS: CHRIS PAUL is back with the Clippers, and this time with his handpicked head coach. Not that Doc Rivers will make a big difference though, as he's just as uncreative an offensive tactician as Vinny Del Negro was . . . J.J. REDICK will do less ball-handling than he did in Orlando the first half of last season, but he should feast on the wide-open looks Paul creates for him . . . JAMAL CRAWFORD will once again be a Sixth Man of the Year candidate. He's a pure gunner with some creativity to his game . . . DARREN COLLISON is strictly a back-up after a dreadful one-year stint in Dallas . . . WILLIE GREEN, a starter in name-only last year, may be squeezed out of the rotation. FORWARDS: BLAKE GRIFFIN deferred more often last season, especially as he continues to see more double teams. But he did show improvement as a passer . . . JARED DUDLEY steps into Caron Butler's old role. He'll set up for a lot of wide-open corner threes. His reputation as a quality defender is downright wrong . . . MATT BARNES will often close games due to his defense, and he's coming off one of his best offensive seasons . . . Rookie REGGIE BULLOCK is the kind of spot-up shooter the Clips want to surround Paul with. If Bullock's defense matches up with his athleticism, he could break this rotation . . . It's tough to see how BYRON MULLENS fits on a team with postseason aspirations. CENTERS: Though he's the team's only real rim protector, DEANDRE JORDAN will likely be in a part-time role again. He still can't defend the pick-and-roll, and Rivers got by just fine without a shot-blocker in Boston . . . RYAN HOLLINS is little more than a big body with six fouls to give. Blake Griffin will often slide to the five on this team.|
|GOLDEN STATE: GUARDS: STEPHEN CURRY is not only the NBA's best shooter, but he has also become a great passer. Durability is the only question about him now . . . KLAY THOMPSON should take advantage of the many open looks he'll get playing alongside Curry and Andre Iguodala . . . The Warriors lost Jarrett Jack and brought in TONEY DOUGLAS. While Douglas got his career on track in Houston last year, he'll strictly be a second-unit guy as Iguodala erases the need for a second point guard . . . NEMANJA NEDOVIC is looking at a redshirt year, especially after an injury-filled summer. The Serbian combo guard should overtake Douglas eventually . . . There are few things in the world better than KENT BAZEMORE celebrating a Curry three. FORWARDS: ANDRE IGUODALA is a perfect fit in Oakland, where he can play point forward and set up the Warriors' many shooters. He's also a crafty cutter who should do some sweet things alongside Stephen Curry . . . DAVID LEE draws attention away from their shooters, which ensures him a significant role. But he kills this team with his awful defense . . . HARRISON BARNES may come off the bench more often, but the Warriors will frequently go small with Barnes stretching to the four, especially after Barnes' impressive postseason showing . . . MARREESE SPEIGHTS steps into Carl Landry's role as a low-post scorer off the bench . . . DRAYMOND GREEN had some trouble as a rookie. He'll have to play his way into this rotation. CENTERS:ANDREW BOGUT is injury-prone and will continue to be an afterthought on offense. They'll have to rest him often during the regular season . . . Between Bogut and JERMAINE O'NEAL, they're hoping at least one of them will be healthy at all times to protect the rim . . . FESTUS EZELI had major knee surgery and is unlikely to return in time for the Feats of Strength or the Airing of Grievances.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NBA PLAYOFF PREVIEW (LA CLIPPERS-GOLDEN STATE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Restores first reference for Paul)
*Clippers-Warriors Preview* ===========================
La Clippers At Golden State, Game Four, 3:30 p.m. EDT
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers would prefer to be talking about how well Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan have played against the Golden State Warriors. Or how his team has defended Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Or just about anything that has happened on the court in the first-round playoff series.
Instead, Rivers and his players spent Saturday talking about how they would respond to an audio recording of a man identified as Clippers owner Donald Sterling telling his girlfriend not to bring black people to games.
"The fact that I had to spend 45 minutes in a meeting instead of watching film did not make me happy," Rivers said.
Whether the comments - which drew sharp criticism and calls for action from around the NBA - affect the Clippers in Game 4 against the Warriors is all that worries Rivers right now. Los Angeles leads the series 2-1 and has looked every bit like a championship contender in winning the past two games.
Chasing a title is the reason Rivers said players decided against protesting or even boycotting the game. They want to win for each other, he said, and not for Sterling or anyone else.
"For me, I want to focus on my guys. I came here for them. They came here for each other. Our goals have not changed," Rivers said passionately after the Clippers' practice at the University of San Francisco. "It's like one of the players said, `Hey, when I was a kid, I had a goal to win a world championship. It was to do that. It wasn't to win a world championship for someone.'"
Chris Paul released a statement through the players' union that said "this is a very serious issue which we will address aggressively." Paul and Griffin declined further comment after practice. Other players were not made available as Rivers said he'd speak for the team.
"A lot of guys voiced their opinions. None of them were happy about it," Rivers said. "This was a situation where we're trying to go after something very important for us, something that we've all dreamed about all our childhoods. Donald or anyone else had nothing to do with that dream, and we're not going to let anything get in the way of those dreams."
Sterling, a real estate owner who has a long history of alleged discrimination and offensive behavior, made his team the center of NBA attention for all the wrong reasons.
In a recording posted on TMZ's website, a man reported to be Sterling questions his girlfriend's association with minorities. Clippers President Andy Roeser said in a statement that the team did not know if the tape is legitimate or has been altered.
Roeser also said the views expressed on the recording do not reflect Sterling's beliefs and that the woman on the tape - identified by TMZ as V. Stiviano - "is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million, who told Mr. Sterling that she would 'get even.'"
Sterling has not commented on the situation.
Rivers and his players faced more than 50 reporters at practice Saturday. A day earlier, only about a dozen were at the team's hotel for the interview session.
All that the hoopla meant for the Clippers as a team, Rivers said, was one monumental "distraction" before its biggest game of the season.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who played for the Clippers from 1992-94, said "there's no place" for Sterling's alleged remarks but his team would remain focused on the game. His players echoed those sentiments, saying they wouldn't be deterred by one man's beliefs - no matter how offensive.
Rivers also said the audio recording would not serve as added motivation.
"We're playing Golden State, and Golden State is our enemy right now," he said. "That's where we're going to keep it, and that's where we want to keep it."
The Clippers have won the last two games to take a 2-1 series lead. Griffin had 32 points, Jordan hauled in 22 rebounds, and Paul added 15 points and 10 assists in a 98-96 win Thursday in Game 3.
Los Angeles limited Curry to 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting, but the All-Star guard did pile up 15 assists. Thompson had a team-high 26 points after shooting 2 of 4 and finishing with just seven in Golden State's 138-98 loss in Game 2.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 12:02:32 AM EST|