Clippers tune out Donald Sterling scandal and advance in playoffsPosted by Inside Hoops
Here’s the Los Angeles Times reporting on the Clippers, who’ve had more than basketball on their minds lately:
The weight of the Donald Sterling saga did not pull the Clippers all the way down.
Instead, the Clippers summoned all they had left in their collective tanks to grind out a 126-121 Game 7 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night at Staples Center.
With six players scoring in double figures, the Clippers won the first-round best-of-seven series, four games to three.
The Clippers advance to the second round of the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. They’ll face the Oklahoma City Thunder, with Game 1 on Monday night in Oklahoma.
“I just thought with all this stuff, this team just needed this win,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said, referring to the Sterling controversy. “I mean, we grinded.” …
Sterling’s comments about blacks continued to envelop the Clippers even after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned the team’s owner for life and instructed the other NBA franchise owners to force him to sell the team.