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Austin Rivers says Blake Griffin getting last laugh after trade

When the sudden Chris Paul trade to the Houston Rockets in the summer of 2017 happened, a lot of people thought that a rebuilding phase was in order – after all, they haven’t been able to get past the first round on every postseason and it might be a good idea to blow things up. […] The post Austin Rivers says Blake Griffin getting last laugh after trade appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Paul and Harden lead No. 1 seed Rockets against Wolves

HOUSTON (AP) — So far the trade for Chris Paul to give the Houston Rockets another superstar to help James Harden has worked famously. Now the two, who have both had their fair share of playoff disappointments, will try to build on that success in the playoffs when the Rockets open a first-round series with Minnesota on Sunday night. The guards have been effusive in their praise for one another, with Harden recently joking that his relationship with the nine-time All-Star was "love at first sight." Paul didn't go quite that far, but a huge smile crossed his often serious face when asked how...

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Chris Paul revealed to Steve Ballmer that Doc Rivers contributed to exit

Chris Paul’s departure for the Houston Rockets was viewed as a huge surprise, once the team pulled off the trade in the summer — now largely viewed as the inevitable conclusion of a marriage between the point guard and coach Doc Rivers that simply did not work. Yet the dime maestro left some lasting thoughts […] The post Chris Paul revealed to Steve Ballmer that Doc Rivers contributed to exit appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Heisler: Farewell to the Clippers’ golden era and the people who proclaimed it

The Clippers have yet to say it officially, but a decision to start over was probably made months before the January deal that moved Blake Griffin from Hollywood to Motown, perhaps even before Chris Paul forced them to trade him to Houston last June.

James Harden on Chris Paul's All-Star snub: 'Did you see the show he was putting on?' | NBA on ESPN

Houston Rockets guard James Harden responds to teammate Chris Paul being left off the NBA All-Star roster, saying he definitely deserved it and asking, re: when Harden was injured, "Did you see the show he was putting on?" ✔

Mike D'Antoni on Chris Paul not making All-Star team: 'I was amazed' | NBA on ESPN

Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni comments on Chris Paul not making the NBA All-Star team, saying "I was amazed" that his new point guard was passed over. ✔

Mike D'Antoni comments on Chris Paul's return to Rockets | NBA on ESPN

Mike D'Antoni on Chris Paul's return: "He's probably rounding second and pretty close to third." D'Antoni estimated Paul would need "five days or so" of practice once he's cleared for basketball activities to build up his endurance before returning. ✔