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April 27, 2015 Updates

When Doc Rivers walked into the locker room, the scene stopped him. Chris Paul called on the Clippers to congratulate the young guard responsible for saving the season and present him the game ball. Everyone clapped. Everyone let out a long, loud cheer for Austin Rivers. "For a moment, for a half second maybe, I became a dad in there," Doc Rivers told Yahoo Sports later on Sunday at the AT&T Center. The tears welled in his eyes, but he quickly wiped them away and stiffened in the concrete corridor. Yahoo! Sports

April 26, 2015 Updates
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This Western Conference finals-worthy series is tied 1-1, with Game 3 coming in San Antonio on Friday and the defending champion Spurs having avoided an 0-2 deficit that so typically spells doom for the trailing team (245 of 261 teams that have trailed 0-2 in a seven-game playoff series have gone on to lose). It's safe to assume the pain of it all won't leave the Clippers' basketball souls until the next tip-off — at least. "We've got to finish," said Chris Paul, who had 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds but missed a jumper over a contesting Tim Duncan at the regulation buzzer that would have won it. "We've been talking about it all season long. We had an opportunity here to win a game, go up 2-0, and didn't take full advantage of it. We've got to execute down the stretch. That's on me." USA Today Sports

April 22, 2015 Updates
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Chris Paul received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente for the month of April. The award recognizes his contributions to his community through the Chris Paul foundation, which was founded by the Clippers' point guard in 2005 in honor of his late grandfather to provide scholarships for high school graduates to attend Wake Forest University. Los Angeles Times

April 20, 2015 Updates

Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will donate $25,000 to the charity of the winner’s choice. McLemore designated Saint John’s Program for Real Change, which intends to buy a 15-passenger van to take homeless kids currently without transportation to and from school. The winner will be chosen by NBA judges and fan votes. The window for voting is April 20-27. This can be done with a post on Twitter, an NBA Facebook account, or an Instagram post by using the hashtags #NBACommunityAssist and #BenMcLemore. Cowbell Kingdom

April 19, 2015 Updates
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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

April 16, 2015 Updates
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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

April 9, 2015 Updates
April 8, 2015 Updates

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

April 6, 2015 Updates

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