Doc Rivers liked joint effort with NBA in Blake Griffin saga

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin/:Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

Doc Rivers on Wednesday in Boston was asked to talk about the way the Clippers and the NBA put their heads together to come up with a penalty for Blake Griffin, which turned out to be four games without pay, and an additional fifth for injuries he sustained when he punched out team equipment staffer Matias Testi on Jan. 23 in Toronto.

The five days of pay is expected to cost Griffin $859,442 of his season salary of $18,907,725. It will be donated to local charities for disadvantaged youth, and Griffin will donate his time as well.

Rivers said he liked the process, which included investigations by both the Clippers and the league.

“I think the NBA had a lot of say so in it, and so did we,” Rivers told the Associated Press. “And that’s the way it should work. I thought it was really well done in that light. They have more people that can investigate things than us because they do it all the time. I just thought as far as that went, I thought it was really well handled by both sides.”

 

Doc Rivers devastated upon learning of death of Ingrid Williams

Ingrid Williams, Monty Williams' Wife, Dies at Age 44 After Car Accident

Monty Willimas/Photo by Layne Murdoch, Getty Images

 

Doc Rivers had known Monty Williams and his wife,  Ingrid, for a long time. Rivers was therefore crushed to hear that Ingrid Williams died Wednesday after having been in a car accident Tuesday in Oklahoma City. Police said a woman driving with a dog in her lap crossed the center line and drove into the car being driven by Ingrid Williams, who was 44. The woman, Susannah Donaldson, died at the scene.

Williams is the former head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans and current assistant at OKC. Williams was head coach of the Pelicans when Austin Rivers, son of Doc, was with them before coming to the Clippers in January 2015.

“Monty Williams and his wife Ingrid – I’ve known them since I was married,” Doc Rivers said. “So I don’t know if … there’s no words, there really isn’t. I am heartbroken. I’m sick to death. And once again it puts this stuff we do in perspective. This is awful. Obviously, our love and our support and all that – but you know, sometimes that doesn’t seem fair. There’s no better human being in the world than Monty. And Ingrid. And for this to happen, it’s just – sometimes you question everything, and this is one of those times for me, at least.”

 

Chris Paul doesn’t mind 48 minutes, he just hates to lose

Chris Paul is being defended by Isaiah Thomas of the Celtics in Wednesday’s game/AP photo by Charles Krupa

 

Chris Paul played 48 of a possible 53 minutes in the Clippers’ 139-134 overtime loss at Boston on Wednesday. Paul played more than anyone else on either team and he led the  Clippers with 35 points on 13 of 21 shooting, 13 assists, five rebounds, three steals and just two turnovers.

He was tired.

“Yeah, somewhat, but after a while you’re just like, ‘Man, win the game,’ ” he said. “There ain’t no point playing all these minutes if you don’t win. So, it is what it is.”

The Clippers finished the road trip 3-1 and will take a record of 35-17 into the All-Star break. They resume play Feb. 18 when they play host to San Antonio (45-8) at Staples Center. The Clippers are fourth in the Western Conference, the Spurs are second.

 

Five things to take from Clippers’ 98-92 overtime victory over 76ers

Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul (3) goes up for the shot with Philadelphia 76ers' Nerlens Noel (4) defending during overtime of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Philadelphia. The Clippers won 98-92 in overtime.

Chris Paul goes up for a shot while Nerlens Noel of Philadelphia defends/AP photo by Chris Szagola

 

– This is the second consecutive game in which Chris Paul got off to a horrible start shooting the ball. He began 1 of 7 and finished 5 of 18, 0 of 3 from 3-point range. He did make 9 of 10 from the free-throw line, doled out seven assists and made four steals. In Sunday’s win at Miami, Paul started 0 of 9 before finishing 8 of 23 from the field.

DeAndre Jordan had a dominant performance inside, pulling down 21 rebounds to go along with scoring 12 points and blocking three shots. Jordan is now averaging 14.0 rebounds and he’s inching closer to Andre Drummond of Detroit, who is averaging a league-high 14.9.

J.J. Redick showed good recovery skills in this game. He started by making just 1 of 9 from the field, but made six of his final nine shots to finish 7 of 18 with 23 points. Redick hit a 3-point basket with 10 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime.

– The Clippers shot a very poor 36.8 percent from the field, a woeful 22.7 percent (5 of 22) from 3-point range. Wesley Johnson was the worst offender, shooting just 3 of 13, 1 of 7 from beyond the arc. Although the Clippers did well to come back from 19 points down in the second quarter, if they had played anyone other than the 76ers (8-44) – the team with the league’s worst record – they don’t win.

– With Austin Rivers (fractured hand) on the shelf, the bench was not at full strength. Jamal Crawford picked up the slack by scoring 23 points on 9 of 21 shooting in 39 minutes. He also had three assists and two steals.

BONUS TAKE: The Clippers (35-17) are now 18-4 without Blake Griffin (fractured hand).

Doc Rivers liked execution on Redick’s 3-ball at end of regulation

Philadelphia 76ers' Nerlens Noel (4) tries to shoot with Los Angeles Clippers' J.J. Redick (4) and Lance Stephenson (1) defending during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Philadelphia.

Lance Stephenson (1) and J.J. Redick (4) play defense against the 76ers’ Nerlens Noel during Monday’s game at :Philadelphia/AP photo by Chris Szagola

 

The Clippers defeated the lowly Philadelphia 76ers 98-92 in overtime Monday in Philadelphia. Certainly, this is nothing to brag about because Philadelphia is now a league-worst 8-44.

But the Clippers (35-17) were down by as many as 19 points (51-32) in the second quarter. And they needed a 3-pointer by J.J. Redick with 10 seconds left in regulation to send the game into the overtime period.

Coach Doc Rivers like the execution on that one.

“I was honestly thanking the basketball gods,” he said. “We didn’t play the right way all game and when Jamal (Crawford) missed the wide-open 3 (with 50.9 seconds left) … even with J.J. there, I honestly didn’t think that would go in because sometimes that’s the way it works. But the execution was good.”