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March 13, 2015 Updates

"I feel like the positive in (Griffin's absence) was for everybody to learn how to play without certain guys," Jordan said. "Our second unit is going to definitely benefit from this the most … Everybody has had to step up a lot. That's why it's a team. "I don't think there was any panic (when Griffin went down). I feel like there may have been guys who were a little worried, but like I've said before, when Chris went down last year (with a shoulder injury and missed more than a month) it was kind of like the same thing. We were used to it. We were used to one of our MVPs going down and everybody having to step up a little bit to pick up the slack … There wasn't a sense of a panic, just more of a focus on guys having to be ready." USA Today Sports

The inability of the NBA and NBPA to agree on a strategy for incorporating TV money follows other signs of a fraying relationship between league and NBPA leaders. Roberts, for instance, has complained about players being artificially “deflated” by restrictions on salaries while various players have taken critical notice of the Los Angeles Clippers selling for $2 billion and the Atlanta Hawks likely to sell for over $800 million. The rise of Paul and James as NBPA leaders also invites concern that they will prioritize the financial interests of superstars over other players. The NBA, meanwhile, has independently-audited financial records to show a number of teams are losing money. Moreover, the league’s sound business strategy on television and international growth—not to mention NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s adroit handling of the Donald Sterling crisis—appear to have benefited players as much as owners. Despite these achievements, tensions between the NBA and NBPA seem to be rising. Sports Illustrated

March 12, 2015 Updates

A spokesman for the Clippers on Thursday told this newspaper it’s possible Blake Griffin could return Sunday when the Clippers host the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. If not, then Tuesday at home against the Charlotte Hornets would be the next opportunity. Los Angeles Daily News

"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

Paul might say he doesn't care about the individual matchups as much as he used to, but the competitor in him was privately seething when there actually was a debate about whether he should be an All-Star this season. It's no accident that over the past week he has put up 36 points and 12 assists against Damian Lillard, 14 points and 11 assists against Stephen Curry and 33 points and nine assists against Westbrook. ESPN.com

Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling says he could have gotten more than the record $2 billion paid for the team last year but the circumstances of the sale "markedly reduced" the price. The comment was contained in an amended complaint that Sterling's lawyers filed last week in his lawsuit against the NBA over the sale, the Los Angeles Times reported. The suit seeks at least $600 million in damages. ESPN.com

March 11, 2015 Updates
March 10, 2015 Updates

Arash Markazi: Jamal Crawford is out for the week. The Clippers are proceeding cautiously with him. He missed 3 weeks last season with a similar injury. Twitter @ArashMarkazi

NBA Official: LAC's Glen Davis Receives Flop Warning from game on March 8 vs. GSW. Link: http://www.nba.com/video/channels/originals/2015/03/10/bbops-glen-davis-flop-030815.nba/ Twitter

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