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April 20, 2015 Updates

Arash Markazi: Nope. I asked Ballmer about that. He's keeping the Clippers name (for now at least.) RT @JKastanis13 @Arash Markazi possible name change? Twitter @ArashMarkazi

The play registered as just one fleeting moment in the San Antonio Spurs' 107-92 loss Sunday to the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of the Western Conference playoffs, but it epitomized the out-of-character night experienced by the defending NBA champions. That's not to take away credit from the Clippers. "The game was their defense was better than our offense. That's the bottom line," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Their aggressiveness, their physicality, their athleticism really hurt us offensively." ESPN.com

Griffin’s “posterizing” of Baynes exploded on social media and attracted unsympathetic coverage from major US news sites. It also prompted a rewriting of Baynes’ Wikipedia page. “Aron John Baynes (born 9 December 1986) is an Australian professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA) who was reduced to a smoldering pile of ash by Blake Griffin during the 2015 NBA Playoffs,” it began. FOXSports.com

April 19, 2015 Updates

Jordan made only 39.7 percent of his free throws this season, making him one of the league’s most frequent targets of the intentional “hack.” “Hopefully, we won’t have to use that tactic,” Spurs guard Danny Green said after Friday’s practice session. “Hopefully, we play good basketball and aren’t in a position we have to use it.” Jordan fully expects to spend lots of time shooting playoff foul shots. “It’s happened all season, and I feel like a lot of the games that they’ve done it we’ve won,” Jordan told reporters in Los Angeles. “I’m not really worried about it. When it does happen, which I know it will, I’ll just go to the line and shoot the basketball. It’s not something that I’m dreading, but I’m prepared for it. I’m ready.” San Antonio Express-News

April 18, 2015 Updates

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

The Clippers are considering introducing a new logo, colors and uniform as early as this off-season. Photos of the potential new uniforms are being posted on the Internet. "I've seen it but I haven't really looked at it, to be honest," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said before practice Friday. "I couldn't even tell you how it looked. I don't mind change. I think change is good, right?" Los Angeles Times


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


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