Clippers head coach Doc Rivers discusses the fallout of PF Blake Griffin aggravating his quad injury that will leave him out for the postseason and PG Chris Paul undergoing surgery to repair a right hand fracture that will leave him out indefinitely.
In addition to the injuries suffered by Griffin and Paul in Monday night’s Game 4 loss at Portland, Clippers SG J.J. Redick continues to struggle with a left heel contusion, though he will start in Game 5 with the series with the Trail Blazers tied at 2-2.
As an aside – Doc Rivers has had to deal with injury issues in the postseason to his last eight teams now. In other words, every season since his 2008 championship in Boston. This isn’t intended to soothe the trolls or calm the vultures – just stating facts:
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Thursday that Garnett will not be ready for Game 1 against the Chicago Bulls and possibly won’t be back at all.
“It’s not official that he’s out for the entire playoffs, but it’s official as far as I’m concerned,” Rivers said before practice at the team’s workout facility. “I just don’t see how. I hope I’m wrong, but I just don’t see it.”
The Kendrick Perkins injury may seem like a joke to you all, but the team that won the rebounding advantage won every game of the 2010 NBA Finals. The Lakers outrebounded the Celtics by 13 in both Game 6 and Game 7.
Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul will start Saturday night’s Game 7 against the Golden State Warriors despite dealing with an injured right hamstring and right thumb.
Now, this may be the biggest stretch. But you may also remember 2014 for something else the Clippers had to deal with – Donald Sterling.
Chris Paul would make this shot to defeat the defending champion Spurs in Game 7. He would then miss the next two games of the Semifinals at Houston with a hamstring injury (after playing all 82 games for the only time in his career), and he was less than 100 percent when the Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead.