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April 1, 2014 Updates

“I want to help this team,” Davis said. “I have to make sure I can be able to play Clipper basketball. I just got here. It’s going to be tough. The transition’s going to be tough. And things are going to happen like that. “I’m here to play in the Playoffs. These games right now count to get better or whatever, but I want to be ready when the Playoffs start. So, I’m going to do work before, after.” NBA.com

March 31, 2014 Updates

Chris Paul, one of 14-year-old Patrick's favorite players, reached out to him prior to the surgery on his thyroid two weeks ago and then called him again after the surgery. On Monday, Paul, Doc Rivers and the Clippers arranged for the McCafferys to visit the team before their game in Minnesota. The scene seems as awesome as it sounds. “[Chris Paul's] interaction with Patrick has been so genuine. When he found out today that he was going to shootaround, he hasn't smiled like that in a month. I just can't thank Doc and Chris and the Clippers enough,” the elder McCaffery told Clippers.com. “From the beginning, when Dino Gaudio and Pat Kelsey first reached out to Chris, Patrick was really scared. He didn't know if it was cancer, and he had never had surgery. Chris first got on the phone with him and talked about that, ‘It's OK to be scared.' They really bonded and he said, ‘I'm going to call you back after the surgery.' And he did, which really meant a lot to Patrick. We kind of loosely talked about it. We've got to see him play and here they were.” CBSSports.com

March 30, 2014 Updates

Brad Turner: Glen Davis just got pulled out of game and said someting to Doc, who yelled at Baby, "Sit your xx down." Doc Rivers just told team security to take Glen Davis to locker room. Rivers clearly not happy with Davis. Assistant coach Alvin Gentry had went to talk to Davis, but apparently Rivers didn't care. Davis back in locker rooom. Twitter

With just eight games remaining, including two more on the Clippers’ five-game road trip, the team is likely to exercise caution with Griffin. The Clippers clinched their third consecutive postseason berth with their victory Saturday. “I’m not sure how bad it is,” Rivers said. “I just don’t know yet. I mean, clearly if it’s something where [Powell] says, ‘It’s your call.’ Then that means no. If it’s may call then no. I want it to be the trainer’s call where he knows he can play.” NBA.com

“It scared the hell out of me because I’ve had that reaction myself and that’s a back injury,” Rivers said following the Clippers’ 118-107 win over the Houston Rockets Saturday. “They don’t think it’s awful.” Griffin left the game with 5:49 left in the first quarter and did not return. Rivers said the MVP candidate and Clippers’ leading scorer is day-to-day with lower back spasms. Griffin, who has started all 74 games this season and has missed just two games since making his NBA debut in 2010-11, was injured as the flashed into the paint in front of Rockets second-year forward Donatas Motiejunas. He got bumped in the lower back, took a step forward, grabbed at his back and slowly dropped to his knees a step or two beyond the 3-point line. NBA.com

March 29, 2014 Updates

Los Angeles Clippers forward Danny Granger was sent back to Los Angeles with a strained left hamstring and will miss at least the final three games of the Clippers' five-game road trip. Granger injured his ankle in the fourth quarter of Thursday's game against the Dallas Mavericks and did not return. ESPN.com

March 28, 2014 Updates

The National Basketball Players Association remains without an executive director, and it's possible the union re-opens its search after narrowing the field to two finalists, a person familiar with the union's thinking told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter. At All-Star Weekend, NBPA president Chris Paul maintained there is no timeline to hire a new executive director. But starting another NBA season without an executive director would not put the executive committee, comprised of players, in the best light. USA Today Sports

In a completely unprecedented development, Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes got in a shoving match on the court. Barnes and Shawn Marion got into it after Chris Paul shoved Marion, leading to an extended scuffle involving players from both teams. For The Win

March 27, 2014 Updates

In Griffin’s first two years in the league, more than 67 percent of all his shot attempts were within three feet of the hoop. This year, that number has dropped all the way down below 60 percent. He has proportioned his shot selection to 43 percent of his attempts coming from outside the paint and knocking down a mid-range 15-18 foot jumper at a clip of slightly over 40 percent. HoopsHype

Not only has Griffin increased his ability to isolate and finish on his own, he also is one of the most underrated passers in the league. When Griffin drives and kicks the Clippers are averaging 1.429 points per possession. That is a ridiculous number. That means if every possession in a Clippers game was a Blake Griffin drive and kick, the Clippers would be averaging 142.9 points per game. So if anyone ever tells you, “Blake Griffin can only dunk.” Please just calmly walk away as some arguments are too ridiculous to even have. HoopsHype

March 26, 2014 Updates

A talismanic figure of Turkish and European basketball, Hedo (Hidayet) Türkoglu, announced on Monday his decision to retire from international duty, thus terminating an almost two-decade long career with the national team. Türkoglu, who just turned 35 on 19 March and was once nicknamed the 'Turkish Michael Jordan', has participated in eight EuroBasket tournaments, a record among active players. "I would like to announce my retirement from the Turkish Team, of which I have been a member since 1998, in order to make way for young players as my fans would understand," Turkoglu said in a statement, as reported by news agency Anadolu. "I will always be proud to have been a Turkish basketball international and of representing my country," the Los Angeles Clippers player added. FIBA Europe

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Modern-day Clippers like Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are among the all-time best players in franchise history.

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