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Will Doc's pitch to Austin be difficult? "No. It will be easy. His will be the easiest. I’ll call his mom."
Doc on Austin: "He's young and clearly helped us, we all have to agree w/ that. I think he loved it here. He even liked the coach at times."
Doc Rivers talked to the media for a little over 20 minutes today. No players were made available. That concludes Clippers exit interviews.
Clarkson joins Wiggins, Nerlens Noel, Elfrid Payton and Nikola Mirotic on All-Rookie team. First Laker All-Rookie since Eddie Jones ('95).
For the year, Jordan Clarkson ranked 2nd amongst rookies in ppg (11.9), apg (3.6) & FT % (.829), 4th in FG % (.448) & 13th in rpg (3.2).
Good day for Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, selected to the NBA's All-Rookie team. He was the 46th overall pick last June.
Jordan Clarkson is the 11th Laker to be named to the 1st team, joining the likes of Magic, Worthy, Scott, Baylor, Jones, Divac, etc.
Doc said he hopes Austin is a long term fit with the Clippers and wished he had traded for him before the season.
I'll have some free time during the offseason, so when PSN works, feel free to add me and we'll play some 2K or something: Duangdeezy (PS4).
I felt the Clippers and Rockets were playing for the right to lose to the Warriors in 5. I'm hoping it's closer but I'll stick to that pick.
Clippers exit interviews will be 10am on Monday. Quick turnaround, especially for the reporters who traveled to Houston.
Is PSN down? Asking for a friend.
These guys could've done better closing out as the Clippers' Big Three... http://t.co/sKNaczYxzJ
J.J. Redick: "You never want to equate sports with death, but it does feel like a wake or a funeral."
Chris Paul: "So close. I don’t even know what that means anymore. I don’t know. Like Ricky Bobby says, ‘If you’re not first, you’re last.’ "
Blake Griffin: "Myself included, we wanted it so bad that we didn’t make the plays we normally do."
J.J. Redick on Clippers taking the next step in the playoffs: "I don’t know if we were ready last year. We were ready this year."
J.J. Redick on Rockets: "They were absolutely relentless for 48 minutes and we were not."
The Clippers seemed almost reserved to the inevitable at the end of the last 3 postseasons. Players visibly and audibly stunned this time.
Matt Barnes on collapses: "It makes it real bad. We had an opportunity last year. We had a bigger opportunity this year. Couldn’t finish."
Matt Barnes: "That’s been our problem, finish. I thought we had grown from out first series against San Antonio, but obviously we didn’t."
Said Matt Barnes, who lingered at his locker: "To be up 3-1 and to lose three straight, for some of us, time is running out so its tough."
Doc said postgame that he felt Rockets were ready to go in Game 5 if the Clippers applied the pressure. They didn't. Then hit a wall in G6
Doc's message to the Clippers after the game. http://t.co/9ZcFoVd1VX
Doc Rivers: "We can do something. We can improve this team. We will improve this team, but we’re not going to bring in another max guy."
In talking to Clipper players after this one, one word keeps coming up-- "exhaustion." Lack of depth played a bigger role than they let on
Doc Rivers on the 'Clippers Curse': "We’re going to break this. It’s my goal. It’s why I came here. I thought we had it."
Blake Griffin on the "Clipper Curse." http://t.co/pOj2OdF47W
Chris Paul: "I’m sorry but I don’t really see growth in a loss. It’s a long time until you get to the playoffs again."
Chris Paul: "It’s a long summer and it’s getting old to tell you the truth. I got to get better I’ll tell you that much. It starts with me."
Jamal Crawford: "Right now it feels like a blur. It feels like a bad dream."
Chris Paul: "So close. I don’t even know what that means anymore... Getting close ain’t good enough."
Redick on Rockets' play last three games: "They were absolutely relentless." Hmmmmm
Redick: "You never want to equate sports with death, but it does feel like a wake or a funeral."
DeAndre Jordan: "We had a 3-1 lead and we lost three games in a row. That’s nobody else’s fault but ours."
DeAndre Jordan on his future: "I’ve been here for seven years, so this is what I’m used to. But I’m not thinking about that, man."
The Clippers made 32.9% of their three-pointer in the series, down from 37.6% in the regular season.
Jamal Crawford on whether roster needs to improve: "We were 1 game away from the Western Conference Finals."
Jamal Crawford: "You're angry, you're shocked. You're like, 'Did this really happen?' We have to regroup and go from there."
Griffin: "Game 6, you know, we stopped playing, took our foot off the pedal, and we got tight...We put ourselves in this situation."
Blake Griffin: "It's disappointing...We were close. But close doesn't really count. Almost doesn't count. We didn't put them away."
Dwight on the end of this game "they cut the lead and I was like, 'Man, we can't let them pull an us on us"
DJ: "This is what I'm used to (being a Clipper) but like I said, I'm not thinking about that right now."
DeAndre Jordan on keeping core together: "I've been here for 7 years. This is what I'm used to."
DJ: "We obviously let up in Game 6, but the past is the past, we can't do anything about it now...They had a hell of a three games."
DJ: "It was devastating. It's really disappointing...I can't put it into words right now."
Crazy to think that a week ago, the Clippers were being favored to win the championship...
CP pointed out that James Harden made 15 free throws, nearly as many free throws as the Clippers attempted (17). He said that can't happen.
Chris Paul: "Every time we made a run, they hit a big shot."
Chris Paul: "Always want to keep us together."
Chris Paul: "It's a long summer. It's getting old too, to tell you the truth...I got to get better. It starts with me."
Chris Paul: "So close. I don't even know what that means anymore...Being close ain't good enough."
Chris Paul: "Like Ricky Bobby said, 'If you're not first, you're last.'"
Doc Rivers: "We've been a low turnover team all year." (The Clippers had 18 turnovers in Game 7.)
Doc Rivers said he told the players that he's broken up right now, but he's already thinking about next year.
Doc Rivers said his top priority is keeping DeAndre Jordan.
Doc Rivers just said that he and the players will think about what happened in Game 6 "for a long time."
Doc Rivers: "I thought this series changed, personally, in Game 5."
Doc Rivers: "I love my team and I love the fact that they wanted to win so bad that I thought, in my opinion, we almost couldn't win."