Another ill-timed injury for Chris Paul imperils his chances of winning a championship, as ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne details. Paul has been hampered by a shoulder injury as the Suns have fallen behind the Lakers 2-1 in their opening-round series. “You control what you can control,” Paul said. “I know I do everything on a daily basis to prepare myself to be ready to play. When things happen, they happen. You’ve got to overcome it and get through it.”
We have more from the Pacific Division:
- The Clippers face a gut check heading into Dallas this weekend with a 2-0 deficit in their playoff series, according to Mirjam Swanson of the Orange County Register. “When you’re down 2-0, it shows what you’re made of,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “Our toughness and all year, just trust, sticking together. And then this is going to show us (Friday) who we are and what we’re made of. So, I’m excited to see.”
- Bobby Jackson has been named head coach of the Kings’ NBA G League affiliate, the Stockton Kings, according to a press release from the G League team. Jackson has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach/player development coach for the Kings under head coach Luke Walton.
- The Kings announced staff changes within their basketball operations department via press release. Paul Johnson has been promoted to VP of player development, in addition to his current role as the Stockton Kings’ GM. Jonah Herscu has been named an assistant coach on Sacramento’s staff, while Penny Chatzis is the new director of team player development. Robbie Lemons has been named director of basketball operations.
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21 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Paul, Clippers, Jackson, Kings’ Staff”
Need to fully utilize Morris and Luke Kennard
Morris sr stats per game
64 million contract
56 million contract
Easily one of the worst contracts of last free agency. His brother on a league minimum deal is only slightly worse. 3 more buckets a game is not worth the massive difference in salary.
Over 10 years, it might be a slight over pay.
The Suns had no chance of winning a championship, even with a healthy Chris Paul.
If the Lakers beat them it’s not a huge deal either, Phoenix isn’t close to being the 2nd best team in the West. I doubt they’d get past the Clippers in a 7-game series.
When the Lakers win the championship, are you going to apologize for being wrong about Lebron?
Your hero, Lebron, shouldn’t even be playing. But fear not, his friend Adam will guarantee success for his Lakers.
Will your takes are usually pretty bad, this hit it on the head. Suns are a team that benefited from injuries to better teams. At best they would be a 7/8 seed if not for other teams injuries
I love it. No matter how much the Clippers choke, the Laker haters have to cling to them only to be let down again. The Nuggets excuse was “they were a bad matchup”. Now it’s Dallas too. Maybe the Clippers just aren’t serious contenders.
A bad matchup they “handpicked”
Watch the Clippers end up beating Dallas and Phoenix winning too.
First of all, the Mavs lead the series. Second of all the Suns wouldn’t have to get by the Clippers. If the Clippers were to comeback they would play the Jazz
Suns looked good in game 1. I feel for Chris Paul.
Let bjax coach the big club what’s the difference
I feel bad for Chris Paul, not so much for Booker after the last.game.
Booger needs to pick it up and start making some 3s
Ty Lue will find out what the Clippers are made of. Hope he is not disappointed and finds they are made of vanity, selfishness and false pride.
What a crazy thing to say, under the guise of ‘motivating’ his team. If these guys don’t see that this could be the end of the line, no psychological ploy is going to make them see. They are in danger of becoming the Buffalo Bills of the NBA – except at least the Bills got to the Super Bowl a few times.
Not sure, but I suspect that Kawhi’s low-key tone may be a bad template for this particular roster. They seem to need an ass-kicker on the squad, who will rip team mates a new one if they are underperforming. Lue’s strategy is similarly low-key and maybe not the best way to handle a bunch of highly-paid underachievers.
Hey, wait a minute wasn’t that the reason Rondo is on the team, to kick some ass? So I think we are back to just underachievers and a submissive “player friendly” coach who doesn’t want to rattle his stars by telling them to put up or shut up. Lue was a smart player and one of the guys Phil Jackson would turn to in tight spots to handle the ball, but he doesn’t handle players in any sense that I understand – makes him ideal for today’s pampered NBA players but not so much a coach as a babysitter.
Second straight article I’ve clicked on where u r crying about the way players act. Don’t watch sports if u don’t like the entitlement that comes with it now a days. News flash. It’s not just the nba, nfl, mlb etc. it’s all the way down to hs.
You’re right. And that’s why it’s becoming harder to watch sports in some cases. The AAU attitude, while rampant across the NBA, isn’t a good thing for the brand. Nothing can prevent it, but it’s certainly disappointing. Playing in a professional league like the NBA and make the living they do should be a privilege, not an entitlement. Those same people who enable such a lifestyle can easily take it away.
Porzingis was a big negative against LA. Multiple missed defensive assignments, no contributions on the offensive end.
I think they need to play Powell more.
Other than KP dropping 3s for a 7’3” player, not sure if there’s much of that unicorn left from his days with the Knicks.