In Game 4 of their series against the Warriors yesterday, the Clippers players dumped their warm-up jackets at midcourt, turned their warm-up shirt inside-out and wore black socks and armbands in an apparent protest of Donald Sterling.
Game 5 is tomorrow, and more protests could be coming.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:
The Clippers players are contemplating making a bigger statement during Game 5 of the series against the Warriors on Tuesday in Los Angeles, a source told Yahoo Sports. The source said the players needed more time to decide what they wanted to do and would prefer a stronger statement on their home floor at Staples Center.
A lot of people called for the Clippers to wear not just logo-less warm-up shirts, but logo-less jerseys during the game. I questioned the feasibility of doing that on the road and on such short notice. But with time to prepare, maybe that’s in store tomorrow.
It sounds as if Doc Rivers wouldn’t love that, given his comments yesterday.
I believe Rivers’ players respect his viewpoint, but these aren’t ordinary times.
Rivers has already expressed his concern the players were distracted by all this, and if they’re plotting a Game 5 protest, those concerns won’t end. But some things are worth being distracted by.
Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.
Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.
Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.