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Doc Rivers: Argument between Blake Griffin, Chris Paul shows growth


first_imgLos Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters following Tuesday night’s 112-101 regular-season finale victory at Phoenix that he was going to gather the players to have dinner Wednesday night and watch games that can still affect who their first-round playoff fate.Ahead of the day’s action, the Clippers (56-26) were guaranteed no less than a No. 3 seed with the possibility of being No. 2 depending on what San Antonio (55-26) did against New Orleans and Houston (55-26) did against Utah.One thing seemed certain: having Chris Paul and Blake Griffin at the same party would be no problem. The stars had a verbal on-court beef just before halftime Tuesday with the Clippers holding a 23-point lead. But Rivers said it was basically all good.“I don’t mind at all,” said Rivers, whose team will have homecourt advantage in the first round. “I hate when stuff goes unsaid. They were upset at one of the plays; Blake was more upset with himself. It’s nice. We’re up huge and their mad at a miscommunicated play. I kind of like that.” Hot at right timeThe Clippers finished winning 14 of their last 15 regular-season games. Under all the circumstances, Griffin likes where his team ended up — whether the No. 2 or No. 3 seed.“I think with everything that went on and going through that bad stretch there before (the) All-Star (break) and having certain injuries, I think it’s a great spot to be in,” said Griffin, whose team lost four of six heading into the All-Star break in February. “But you always look back and say, ‘What if we would have won this game or that game, we could have solidified (No. 2), maybe. But whatever.“It’s a good spot to be in, better than sixth, I guess. Now, we’ve just got to focus on winning a playoff series. I was thinking to myself it’s crazy that we might play Memphis in the first round of the playoffs as a 3-6, while they were No. 2 all season. It’s nuts, but it’s the West.”The Grizzlies were sixth in the West at 54-27 and were to finish Wednesday at home against Indiana.This and thatSixth-man Jamal Crawford scored 10 points Tuesday and passed “Pistol” Pete Maravich on the all-time scoring list. Crawford has 15,956 points to Maravich’s 15,948. That makes Crawford 104th all-time in the NBA, 110th among NBA and ABA players. … Doc Rivers reached 700 career coaching victories Tuesday. He is 700-524, a winning percentage of .572 in 16 seasons with Orlando, Boston and the Clippers. Last year, not so much.“I would say a year ago if anyone got upset at a play or something, no one talked to each other,” Rivers said. “This group has really grown. That’s where I keep saying we’re just so much better and that gives you a chance, it really does. And in the West, all you can ask for is a chance because everybody has a chance.”Paul also saw the brief row as a good thing.“I think for us, we say it all the time, it’s not about the other team. It’s about us and what we’re trying to do, and I think it just shows we’re always trying to get it right,” he said. “Going into every game, it’s about us, what we do right and if we get in our coverages right.“Tonight, they really weren’t playing for anything, but this was our last game before the playoffs and we just wanted to make sure everything was going in the right direction.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


NUGAS donates to Agapi Care


first_imgNUGAS Victoria put forward a generous $2000 donation to not-for-profit organisation, Agapi Care last Wednesday at the GOCMV in Melbourne.The donation, which was accepted by Agapi Care Deputy Manager Mr Andreas Haralampidis and Executive Director Mrs Vicki Papadopoulos will go towards Agapi Care’s new development in the Clayton area. “It is a primary aim of the NUGAS Victoria committee to contribute to an organisation in an area of need,” said NUGAS Victoria Administrative Co-ordinator Kerry Matthews.“It is through events such as the NUGAS Annual Ball and other events throughout the year, with our affiliate University clubs, that we Greek Australian Students are able to give something back to the Greek Community and make a difference.”Agapi Care is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to represent the interest of Greek Australians with a disability, as they have the same rights as other members of the community to access services which would enable them to live a fulfilling life in the community.Currently Agapi Care provides a variety of services to people with disabilities at the respite care facilities in Preston and Oakleigh. Funded solely by the Department of Humanitarian Services, Agapi Care depends on donations such as the annual Agapi Care radiothon, the people of the public and various other organisations. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more