The week stated off great, as the Clippers came out victorious in their game 1 match-up against the San Antonio Spurs. The Clippers were lead by Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, as they combined for 58 points. Griffin had 3 posterizing dunks on Aron Baynes helped elevate the already high energy inside Staples Center. Coolio even got into the festivities, performing a couple of his classic hits during halftime.
Game 2 was a different story, as the Spurs came out with more focus and energy, and were pretty much in control for most of the game. They had a 10 point lead halfway into the final quarter before they made the mistake of employing the hack-a-DJ strategy with the lead, which allowed the Clippers to get back in the game. The Clippers would take a late lead a couple times, only to be matched by the Spurs. Chris Paul had a chance to win the game in overtime, but missed the buzzer beater shot over Tim Duncan. The Clippers would make too many mistakes, and miss too many key shots in the over time period, and eventually fell to the Spurs.
Last Friday, possible designs for a Clippers re-branding were leaked, and on Monday, more information was made available. Nothing has been officially announced by the club, but many suspect that new owner Steve Ballmer wants have a fresh, new look for his team.
Speaking of Ballmer, during game 1, he decided to turn the Lakers locker room into his very own owners lounge. It was confirmed by Staples Center staff that he got permission from Lakers ownership, but that didn't stop Lakers fans from getting upset.
Finally, there were a few awards given out this week that Clippers players were candidates for: Sixth Man of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and NBA Community Assist Award for April. The Clippers went 1 for 3, as Chris Paul was the only one to win an award, winning the Community Assist Award. Jamal Crawford would lose out to Lou Williams for the Sixth Man of the Year award, finishing third, and DeAndre Jordan would lose out to Kawhi Leonard for Defensive Player of the Year, also finishing third.