HoopsHype Doc Rivers rumors
Trevor Ariza added 15 points and 13 rebounds for Houston, which made 42 of its 64 free throws. Both were franchise playoff records. Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 34 points, but had just eight after halftime as Houston keyed on him with All-Star point guard Chris Paul out with a hamstring injury. "We got out of the rhythm, offensively, and that's where the game changed for us," Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers said. "We got stuck trying to go to Blake too much, and we forgot about the guys on the other side of the floor. That hurt us." USA Today Sports
Ben Bolch: Doc Rivers said he would listen to trainer more closely than Chris Paul, who would probably say he could play even if he shouldn't. Twitter @latbbolch
"This a series that in some way should go seven," said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. "It is almost like it is right. This is what should happen in this series and it is." NBA.com
"It's ridiculous that it's a first-round series," Rivers told Yahoo Sports late Thursday. "That was the first thing Pop said to me before Game 1, and I said the same thing. But we both decided, 'What the hell, it is what it is.' But this is ridiculous." Yahoo! Sports
Doc Rivers said there were many reasons the Los Angeles Clippers lost to the San Antonio Spurs 111-107 on Tuesday to fall behind 3-2 in the first-round series, but he said some of the "brutal calls" by officials were a factor. "I don't complain much," Rivers said. "I thought we got some really tough calls tonight, some brutal calls. The travel on Blake [Griffin], the goaltend on Matt [Barnes], which wasn't a goaltend. You think about the playoffs, and they're single-possession games. Those possessions, those were crucial. J.J. [Redick] 's foul that got him out, J.J. didn't touch anyone. It's not why we lost, but those were big plays for us." ESPN.com
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