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Doc Rivers on Friday told Rowan Kavner, who writes for the Clippers’ website, that he is not concerned about sixth-man Jamal Crawford’s inflamed bursa sac in his right (shooting) elbow. Crawford apparently banged the elbow during Wednesday’s victory at Indiana. “It’s just a bursa sac,” said Rivers, whose team plays Friday at 4 p.m. at Washington (on Prime Ticket). “I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. It can get bad, those things, but I don’t think it’s an issue right now.” Los Angeles Daily News

December 11, 2014 Updates

In five years working under Flip Saunders and Randy Wittman, Cassell was able to see the Wizards rise from league-wide laughingstock to a legitimate playoff contender. Wall and Beal both credited Cassell for helping them improve. Wall ranks second in the league assists and third in steals and Beal has been slowly recovering from a left wrist injury that kept him out the first nine games. “It was great,” Cassell said of working with Wall and Beal. “I don’t think John had a great playoffs last year. He was solid. He was solid. Like I always tell him, ‘John, you’re the best decoy we can have.’ It’s just not him scoring the ball, it’s all the other intangible things John Wall brings to the basketball court that’s going to make him one of the best guards in this league.” Washington Post

December 10, 2014 Updates

More than one source around the league independently suggested the Bucks weren't the highest bidder for Dudley and the pick, but that the Clippers felt they were under the gun to act. In retrospect, the Eric Bledsoe deal -- orchestrated on the Clippers' side by a combination of Roeser and Rivers with a sign-off from Sterling -- amounts to Bledsoe, a No. 1 pick and Caron Butler for J.J. Redick (who could have been available for the mid-level), two guys waived under the stretch provision and a second-round pick that was originally theirs. There's also the familiar refrain that Rivers' taste in reserves is uninspired, and his filling-out of the Clippers' roster has displayed none of the flair of the Spurs' work on the margins. San Antonio might be an unreasonable measuring stick, but if Rivers says the Spurs are the standard, then they're the standard. ESPN.com

Though there's not a strong sense that the Clippers' executive machinery is well-oiled at present, there's still a healthy respect for Rivers' powers of persuasion. He might not spawn a managerial tree like the Spurs, but his arrival in Los Angeles guaranteed Paul's return. If every couple of years he can take Ubuntu into a conference room and sell a top-15 player on his vision, then who cares whether he ceded operational directives to Wohl, Eastman or Sacks? ESPN.com

December 9, 2014 Updates

When you’re worth around $20 billion you can write a check for $2 billion without flinching. But does that mean the Clippers are worth $2 billion, or that other NBA teams should see their revenue multiples expand to reflect this deal? I doubt it. But we may get a good idea if the Atlanta Hawks are soon sold. Bruce Levenson’s group is selling its controlling interest in the team and some believe the sale price will value the team at over $1 billion, or about eight times revenue. Forbes.com

You chose Clippers' Jamal Crawford and Spurs' Manu Ginobili as the top NBA tweeters the last two years, but who's been No. 1 in 2014? Make your pick here. HoopsHype

December 8, 2014 Updates

Prosecutors in Las Vegas might be swayed by findings of a defense investigation into a man's claim that Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin attacked him in a Las Vegas Strip nightclub eight weeks ago, a lawyer suggested Monday. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Pro Tem William Jansen gave defense attorney Richard Schonfeld until Jan. 12 to talk with the district attorney about the claim by Daniel Schuman of the Los Angeles area. Schuman alleges Griffin grabbed him, took his cellphone and slapped him after he took a photo of Griffin and Clippers teammates early Oct. 19 at Tao nightclub at the Venetian resort. Boston Herald

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Richard Schonfeld, the defense attorney representing Blake Griffin in the Clippers star’s battery case, said Thursday his firm was concluding an independent investigation that it would submit to the Clark County district attorney’s office. Schonfeld would not elaborate on what that investigation had uncovered. Griffin faces one count of misdemeanor battery in connection with an incident in October at a Las Vegas nightclub. The case alleges that Griffin squeezed the hand and shoulder and/or slapped Daniel Schuman in the face during an altercation involving the use of a camera at Tao nightclub inside the Venetian resort. Los Angeles Times

Griffin will not be required to appear at his first court date Monday at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Schonfeld said he would ask the court to set a status conference that would likely be scheduled within 30 days. Los Angeles Times

According to Nevada law, misdemeanor battery carries a range of possible penalties, including six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine or community service in lieu of jail time. Schonfeld declined to say how he thought the case would play out. “I’m not going to comment on what I think the ultimate disposition will be,” Schonfeld. Los Angeles Times

Richard Schonfeld, the defense attorney representing Blake Griffin in the Clippers star’s battery case, said Thursday his firm was concluding an independent investigation that it would submit to the Clark County district attorney’s office. Los Angeles Times

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