The focus for the
But the Clippers once again have been forced split their attention between the Thunder and what Coach
Instead of putting their full concentration into trying to figure out how to slow down
Instead of just talking about
"Like I've said, I think it's individual clutter, it's not team clutter," Rivers said Monday afternoon during a conference call with reporters. "I think there's a couple of guys that I'm sure it affects. One day it does, one day it doesn't.
"The bottom line is I'm just not sure. If I get the feeling like it's something that needs to be controlled or handled, then we try to do it internally. I'll find out [Tuesday]. I'm sure all of our guys will hear more over the next 12 or 14 hours."
In separate interviews, Donald and Shelly Sterling both indicated that they would fight to keep the Clippers.
During his interview with CNN's
Rivers said he was aware that Sterling apologized.
"He probably should have done it right away," Rivers said.
Shelly Sterling told
Two weeks ago NBA Commissioner
This is the clutter Rivers referred to that his team must deal with again.
"It's stuff that you as a coach would obviously like not to have to even look for or deal with, but it now has become part of our playoffs," Rivers said. "I think that's the way we view it. It's just part of the process that we're going through."
Rivers was also asked about the comments Donald Sterling made about
During his interview on CNN, Sterling said Johnson wasn't a good example for the children of Los Angeles and hadn't done enough for the minority community.
"Obviously I know who
"Having said that, I don't know what's going on out there. I tried not to get involved in that part of it right now. Whatever it is, that doesn't sound like much of an apology to me."
The Clippers tried to temper their excitement after Game 4, in which they rallied from a 22-point deficit in the first quarter and a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter to pull out a 101-99 win.
Paul suggested that the Clippers can't carry that momentum to Game 5.