- Doc Rivers gets universal praise for Clippers leadership (from Robert Morales, Long Beach Press-Telegram):
“After a year off to work in the broadcast booth, Rivers began his nine-year stint with the Boston Celtics in 2004. In 2007-08 he led them to the NBA championship. He had earned that ultimate respect as a coach. Not that he boasts about it.
“Well, good,” said Rivers, when told his current players credit his experience for helping them set another franchise record with 57 victories this season. “I don’t happen to know that. I don’t know if I really believe that anyway. I really don’t. It’s great to say and I’ll pay them all later. But I really don’t know that.
“I think the experience is what they’re going to experience. I can’t experience it with them or for them. As a team I can because we’re on the same team. But they know how to play and that’s what I keep telling them. We know how to play basketball, we just have to make sure we know how to play it together.”
That was Rivers’ goal when he arrived. He knew he had lots of individual talent, and he wanted to make sure it could be formed into that collective superpower.”
- Trail Blazers-Rockets matchups: Strengths of Damian Lillard and Patrick Beverley collide at point guard (from Jason Quick, The Oregonian):
Off the court, they have expressed opinions about the other’s actions, little of it complimentary.
But behind the bravado and name-calling between Portland point guard Damian Lillard and his Houston counterpart, Patrick Beverley, lies a substantive matchup that could very well dictate this first-round playoff series.
It’s strength versus strength, with Lillard’s explosive offense against Beverley’s tenacious defense.”
- The Maestro: Noah orchestrates Bulls on both ends of court (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):