Clippers Vs. Thunder game 6: live blog

Clippers Vs. Thunder game 6: live blog

Follow the Los Angeles Times sports staff as we bring you real time updates from game 6 of Clippers vs. OKC Thunder.

  • 5/16/2014 5:24:39 AM melissa.rohlin
    And that's the game. The Clippers have been eliminated from the playoffs, losing Game 6, 104-98.
  • Head Coach Doc Rivers is now addressing the media before tonight's game | WATCH:
  • Russell Westbrook just took the pregame floor. Get a live look at him warming up at…
  • 5/16/2014 1:08:07 AM Amy.Hubbard
    Doc Rivers Calls Out Officials After Agonizing Game 5 Loss
    "In my opinion, let's take away replay," Rivers said. "Let's take away
    replay, because that's our ball and we win the game.
    And we got robbed
    because of that call.
    And it's clear. Everybody in the arena saw it.
    That's why everybody was shocked when they said [the ball was] for
    Oklahoma City.
    That was our ball. Whether it was a foul or not — it was.
    But they didn't call it.
  • 5/16/2014 1:11:40 AM Amy.Hubbard
    Bill Plaschke on Doc Rivers:

    For the last three weeks, Doc Rivers has been the most inspirational leader in Los Angeles, the strongest man in the NBA, a beacon of restraint and respect amid a raging storm of stupidity.

    Rivers has been the Clippers' official face when the rest of the front office wanted to hide. Rivers has spoken for Clippers players too angry to put their thoughts into words. As owner Donald Sterling was being banned by the NBA for life for his racist remarks, Rivers came to life as the powerful symbol of hope and change. With every thoughtful word to the media or understanding gesture to his players, Rivers rose so far above the muck it appeared he would be one of the few to emerge from this mess
    without once losing his cool.

    Then, on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City, Doc got dirty. Handed a bad officials' call that led to a devastatingly botched playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Rivers fell to Earth with a loud and unseemly crash. He railed at the referees after the play while his team stood around in confusion. He ripped the referees after the game with words that implied he thought the series had already been lost.

  • 5/16/2014 1:13:29 AM Amy.Hubbard

  • Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka on floor as Game 6 vs. @LAClippers nears. 9:30CT @ESPN & ThunderRadio @sportsanimal

  • If I'm Doc Rivers - the mantra for Game 6 woudl be "defend without fouling"…
  • The anatomy of the Clippers' Game 5 collapse, plus a pregame hug between ref Tony Brothers and Kevin Durant's mom
  • 5/16/2014 1:27:19 AM Amy.Hubbard
    Banned Clippers owner Donald Sterling doesn't plan to pay fine?  USA Today, citing an anonymous source, says that's so.
  • Chance for Clippers to clinch at home tonight......oh wait...
  • I foresee a lot of energy being spent, yelling at my TV during tonight’s Clippers-OKC broadcast. What kind of yelling is TBD.
  • On surface, Clippers beaten on boards vs. Thunder but really reflects difference in foul attempts/fg defense…
  • Make sure you're watching ThunderLiveStream pregame show now at… or via Thunder Mobile App
  • Here are some of the best comments from Doc Rivers’ pregame media conference prior to Game 6 at STAPLES Center:
  • FYI. Grant Long's guest on the streaming pregame show is Reggie Jackson. Watch NOW at…
  • 5/16/2014 1:58:25 AM Amy.Hubbard
    Doc Rivers on post-Game 5 $25,000 fine:
    “I don't care about the fine.
    I thought it was deserved. It's one of the rare times you actually earned one. I don't mind that.

    “It needed to be said and it was the truth. It was a call that should
    have went our way.
    That's been verified, as well. At the end of the
    day, like I said, I still look at us and say we made our own problems.

    You know, it should have never come to that.

  • 5/16/2014 2:08:58 AM Amy.Hubbard

  • 5/16/2014 2:11:16 AM Mike.James
    Well, it's not a surprise that Donald Sterling won't go down without a fight. Some interesting details on how he might go about it in this reported response to the NBA:
  • 5/16/2014 2:14:13 AM Amy.Hubbard

    Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

    Talking to the media before Game 6, Doc Rivers called basketball "such a human game."

    “I think our team's really ready.
    We've watched film. We've kind of
    gotten over it.
    We made more mistakes than people know down the last
    four and a half minutes.
    We went over a lot of those.

  • 5/16/2014 2:14:35 AM Amy.Hubbard

  • 5/16/2014 2:26:38 AM Amy.Hubbard
    From the Oklahoman:
    Scott Brooks coaches one of the more emotional teams in the NBA.
    Thunder led the league in technical fouls this season, a
    nd players such
    as Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins are known as
    volatile personalities.

    Q&A With Thunder Coach Scott Brooks
    AP photo
  • Chris Paul puts all the blame on his shoulders for Clippers losing Game 5
  • 5/16/2014 2:28:13 AM Eric Pincus
    Getting ready for Clippers/Thunder Game 6
  • Watching Game 6 between Thunder and @LAClippers on ESPN? Use Game Tracker on Thunder Mobile App to lock in. ITunes & GooglePlay stores.
  • 5/16/2014 2:35:00 AM Amy.Hubbard
  • Check out LA Times live blog of Clipper game,,,lots of opinions which, if they're not mine, are probably wrong
  • 5/16/2014 2:36:28 AM Amy.Hubbard

  • 5/16/2014 2:37:35 AM melissa.rohlin
    @Bill: Hey, hey, now!
  • 5/16/2014 2:40:11 AM Mike.James
    I KNEW I shouldn't have asked Plaschke to tweet out the live blog. What was I thinking?
  • 5/16/2014 2:42:02 AM Mike.James
    Pacers-Wizards is mercifully winding down. Indiana will head to play Miami ... and I can't imagine they'll be a serious threat. Let's get this Western Conference Game 6 going.
  • 5/16/2014 2:43:11 AM melissa.rohlin
    @Mike: Considering you are now discredited, Bill is wrong, and Eric isn't signed in yet --- by default, my opinion is the only one that counts.
  • 5/16/2014 2:45:49 AM Mike.James
    The Clippers' multi-pronged mission in Game 6: Try to contain Westbrook just a bit. If he gets 38, well, they're in trouble. And DeAndre Jordan needs to actually  be a factor and play more than 19 fruitless minutes: zero points and four rebounds while fouling out as he did in Game 5 would be disastrous for the Clippers.
  • 5/16/2014 2:46:38 AM melissa.rohlin
    @Mike: Very true. Also, Kevin Durant is due to go off. The Clippers need to make sure that doesn't happen.
  • 5/16/2014 2:48:18 AM Mike.James
    Going to be very interesting to see how Chris Paul comes out once they tip off. You know the ending to Game 5 has not sit well with him.
  • 5/16/2014 2:48:50 AM melissa.rohlin
    I see a comment from a Melissa Ruhlin. Are we related?
  • 5/16/2014 2:48:55 AM Eric Pincus
    That was quick - tech on Matt Barnes
  • 5/16/2014 2:49:40 AM Eric Pincus
    2-0 Clippers - just started - Redick on board first
  • 5/16/2014 2:50:16 AM melissa.rohlin
    Blake Griffin with a slam dunk to put the Clippers up 4-1 in the first minute.
  • 5/16/2014 2:50:38 AM Eric Pincus
    Good start for Clippers - 4-1
  • 5/16/2014 2:50:44 AM Mike.James
    Paul didn't waste any time finding Griffin down the lane for that dunk.
  • 5/16/2014 2:51:14 AM melissa.rohlin
    Before the game, Doc was asked if he said anything special to the players to motivate them. He said he didn't, adding that preparation is the only thing that matters right now.
  • 5/16/2014 2:51:22 AM Eric Pincus
    First on DeAndre Jordan - he had major foul trouble in Game 5
  • 5/16/2014 2:51:24 AM StefanIsNBA
    So I read that Durant also won scoring title?
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