Battered and bloodied Clippers exit playoffs early again
LOS ANGELES (AP) The battered and bloodied Los Angeles Clippers fought to the end only to exit the playoffs early once again. Together for five years now, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have yet to make it past the second round and this time, they weren't even around when the Clippers lost in six games to the Portland Trail Blazers after owning a 2-0 lead. Paul went out with a broken right hand in Game 4, when Griffin re-aggravated the left quadriceps injury that cost him 41 games this season. Their teammates were hobbled, too.<
Blazers advance 4-2 with 106-103 victory over the Clippers
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Even as they huddled after the victory that sent them through to the next round, the Portland Trail Blazers were drawing inspiration from the doubters. The confetti fell on them from the ceiling and Damian Lillard told his gathered teammates he was proud of them for shutting out the ''outside noise,'' like those who never thought the Blazers would make it to the playoffs - let alone the second round. Now they'll have to shut out those who think they have no chance against the defending NBA champion Golden S
Analysis: The Magic will also receive a sum of cash in the deal. Since entering the league as the 28th selection in the 2014 draft, Wilcox has been quiet, appearing in only 44 games and averaging only 3.0 points per game. The third-year guard will likely land a reserve role with Orlando, playing behind Evan Fournier and potentially splitting minutes with newly-acquired Jodie Meeks. The Magic will hope that Wilcox, a career 38-percent three-point shooter, can provide range in the backcourt, as they shot only 35-percent from three as a team in 2015-16.
Analysis: Rivers opted out of his player option with the Clippers earlier in the week so that he could test free agency, and after exploring his options he decided to re-up with the Clippers, though the financial details of the deal haven't been released. Last season, Rivers averaged a career high 8.9 points per game and 44 percent field goal percentage while playing 21.9 minutes per game as the team's backup point guard. He'll likely see a similar role with the team going forward.