Don’t expect Chris Paul to be apart of the season finale as the guard is back in Los Angeles with his teammates.
Chris Paul did not travel with the team to Portland. He’s back in L.A. with Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick.
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) April 17, 2014
After last night’s game, Doc Rivers gave off the impression that Paul would appear in tonight’s game as Blake Griffin would sit due to suspension and J.J. Redick for rest.
“I just don’t want to lose our rhythm,” Rivers said. “When the playoffs start, it’s a whole new season, but you do want to have some kind of rhythm going into it.”
Obviously River has changed his mind.
One could speculate here and try and guess Rivers intentions. He’s not a coach who is afraid to rest his players at the end of regular seasons. Rivers often did it when he coached the Big 3 in Boston, but I’m not sure rest is the goal. In the event that the Oklahoma City Thunder lose their finale to the Detroit Pistons, the Clippers journey to the second seed in the Western Conference will be in their hands, needing to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers to secure the spot.
But after hearing the news of Andrew Bogut‘s injury, the Golden State Warriors matchup at the 3-6 becomes a lot more appealing. The Warriors have Stephen Curry, so it’ll be far from an easy series , but it’s a lot better situation than facing a Dallas Mavericks or Memphis Grizzlies team that has mentally been in the playoffs for the last few weeks as the two Southwest division teams fought for their postseason lives.
Regardless the intent, sitting Chris is the smart move.
In addition to no Paul, Doc Rivers says starting center DeAndre Jordan not play a lot at all tonight.
Tonight’s game will be available on ESPN at 10:30 P.M. after Dallas-Memphis finishes up