When the final buzzer sounded on the longest two weeks of the Los Angeles Clippers’ careers, they felt more exhaustion than elation. While coach Doc Rivers high-fived fans and pumped his fist at the crowd, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul quietly congratulated each other.
Kevin Durant got back to playing like he’s used to against a Memphis team that had to change things up at the worst possible time.
The league’s deputy commissioner met with employees of the team Saturday to soothe tensions amid uncertainty about the future of the team’s leadership.
Roy Hibbert, held without a point for two games, was aggressive in scoring 13 points for Indiana, which beat eighth-seeded Atlanta, 92-80, to advance. The Thunder and the Clippers also won Game 7s.
Indiana salvaged its season Saturday by reverting to form: its first-half form.