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In his six trips to the playoffs, Paul’s never gotten to the conference finals. He’s 3-3 in the first round, 0-3 in the second. And this time of year, that fact tends to get brought up. And then it gets brought up again – and then again. “It’s not a secret,” Paul said. Paul hasn’t forgotten, either. But he doesn’t need to be reminded. And, he doesn’t need the motivation. “I’m funny. I’m one of those people, I don’t need anything to drive me,” Paul said. “I’m going to play regardless. “Win it, lose it, say I’m the best, say I’m the worst. I’m going to play.” Orange County Register

Paul took sole responsibility for that loss, and Paul’s critics cite it as an example when reminding people CP hasn’t made it to round three. “Chris is not the reason the Clippers have not advanced. He’s not even close,” said analyst and former NBA player Charles Barkley. “But, we have to blame somebody. That’s the way it is when you’re a star. “... When you’re a star, you’re going to get the blame. But, you don’t have to take that personally. You have to be smart enough to know ‘Man, I’m not the reason we’re losing.’” Orange County Register

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Paul and Griffin engaged in an animated discussion in front of the Clippers' bench after Griffin was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer with less than one second left in the first half. After teammates tried to mediate the conversation, Paul walked toward the bench and Griffin walked toward the court. "Talk it out. Figure it out. Move on," was written on the whiteboard in the Clippers' locker room after the game. "It's not about the other team; it's about us and what we're trying to do," Paul said. "I think it shows we're always trying to get it right." ESPN.com

Griffin said the conversation "was about the last couple of plays" down the stretch of the first half. "We always talk about how we can do a better job at the end of quarters and the end of halves," Griffin said. "Last night we had one, and sometimes, we're kind of on the edge of do we go or do we wait and we should have gotten into something quicker. I was spread waiting on him and he's looking on me, waiting on me; it's one of things we have to be on the same page. At the end of the day, it's not that big a thing." ESPN.com

April 10, 2015 Updates

“The layers I would probably characterize as situations. We’re basically simulating,” Snyder said, before going into full-on coach-speak. “The easiest example would be sideline pick-and-roll versus middle pick-and-roll, versus Chris Paul and Blake Griffin [running] pick-and-roll in the low post; one-four pick-and-roll versus one-five pick-and-roll. There’s certain players that people specifically will put in pick-and-roll – that happened to us earlier in the year a lot, where people identified a player that they think is not as good defensively and isolate them. So learning how to manage those situations and trying to recreate a specific P&R situation.” Basketball Insiders

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In the third quarter Tuesday, in the midst of his fifth career season averaging a double-double with at least 18 points per game, Paul surpassed the 13,000 career point mark. By doing so, he became one of only four players in NBA history with at least 13,000 points and 6,500 assists in fewer than 700 career games. The only other players to achieve that feat? Oscar Robertson, Isiah Thomas and Magic Johnson. “Jamal Crawford said it the other day, and I always try to make an imprint, a lasting imprint, things like that,” Paul said after the win against the Lakers. “That’s definitely a huge honor to even be mentioned among those guys.” NBA.com

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Near the end of the third quarter of Wednesday night’s contest between the Blazers and the Clippers, Chris Kaman received a flagrant foul for shoving Chris Paul to the floor, after which a brief altercation ensued. As the league weighs its options in terms of additional punishment for Kaman in the form of a fine or possible suspension, Kaman took to Twitter to post a picture of exactly what prompted him to take matters into his own hands. NBCSports.com

Clippers coach Doc Rivers was asked if Kaman pushing Paul was the best thing that could have happened for his team in the game. “It didn’t hurt, but CP (Paul) already had it going before that, to be honest,” Rivers said. “That just brought more energy into the game. When you’re lacking energy, you’re just looking for anything. Little plays like that can help you. Or they can do you in, too. You never know how that’s going to go. I was happy how we responded after that.” Paul was queried as to whether Kaman’s boneheaded move helped him take him up another notch. Los Angeles Daily News

April 1, 2015 Updates

Warriors center Andrew Bogut said he didn’t have a good live look of the memorable move Stephen Curry put on Chris Paul, but figured the Internet would help him out with that one. “I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of memes,” Bogut said. “So I’m looking forward to getting on Instagram and Twitter and seeing exactly what they’re doing on the Photoshop because there’s a lot of antics that were going behind the bench when it happened, and it was a hell of a play by Steph.” Contra Costa Times

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"It don't matter," Paul said of being shut out from the MVP conversation. "I just need to win a championship. You can have whatever else. I don't care. You can have the assists and steals titles, you can have all that. I just need to win a championship." ESPN.com

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