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Doc Rivers Says Clippers Are Not A ‘Flip-The-Switch Team’

Doc Rivers addressed how injuries have shaped the Los Angeles Clippers' season, forcing him to use 28 different starting lineups.

Their win against the Grizzlies on Monday night represented only the fifth time this season that the Clippers had their entire roster available.

"That has been the hand we've been dealt. And we have to play that hand and we can play that hand and still win it," said Rivers before the Grizzlies game.

Rivers reasoned that the Clippers could still win the title despite their injuries, using the Warriors as an example.

"I don't think we are a flip-the-switch team. I would say anyone who says that doesn't know what they're talking about. Because flip-the-switch teams are teams that have been healthy all year and just have chosen not to play. But when you are out of sorts with different lineups, that's different. I would say it is dangerous [to do that] but teams have done it. Golden State, by the way, did it a couple of times and won titles. You can do both."

Kemba Walker Ruled Out For Third Straight Game

Kemba Walker has been ruled out for the Boston Celtics' matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Walker will miss his third straight game with a sore left knee.

Brad Stevens said on Sunday that Walker's injury was "not a long-term thing."

Pistons Recall Khyri Thomas From G League

The Detroit Pistons recalled Khyri Thomas from their Grand Rapids G League team.

Thomas has played in 2 games with the Pistons this season, last appearing on November 2nd.

Thomas is in his second season after getting picked in the second-round of the 2018 NBA Draft.


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Jonathon Simmons Signs With Santa Cruz Warriors

Jonathon Simmons has agreed to sign with the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Simmons also received 10-day contract offers from two NBA teams.

Simmons is attempting to showcase the ability to immediately contribute in the NBA.

Simmons last played in the NBA last season with the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons signed a three-year, $20 million contract with the Orlando Magic in 2017.

Ben Simmons Will Miss Some Time, Still Evaluating Course Of Action On Back

Ben Simmons is still undergoing treatment and evaluation on his back with a course of action expected to be decided soon.

Simmons will be out for at least some time as it is not a day-to-day injury.

It remains unclear how long Simmons will be out.

Simmons was described as emotional upon leaving the X-ray room following the injury.

Joe Lacob: Kevin Durant Leaving Warriors For Nets ‘Made No Sense’

The decision Kevin Durant made to leave the Golden State Warriors left Joe Lacob bewildered.

"I can't get mad when Kevin Durant -- who I felt pretty close with -- decides he's going to leave. Which to me, made no sense," Lacob said Monday morning on 95.7 The Game. "You're (with) the best organization -- I hope he thinks -- in the world.

"Winning, other great players, the new arena. To me, there was every reason in the world to stay. But I'm not gonna be mad at him because it's his life and he earned the right. And for whatever reason, he decided he wanted to leave.

"I can't control that. I tried (laughing)."

Jeremy Lamb Out For Season With Torn ACL, Torn Meniscus, Fracture

Jeremy Lamb has suffered a torn ACL, torn meniscus and fracture in his left knee.

Lamb suffered the injury during Sunday's game.

Lamb will undergo surgery on a date to be determined and will be out the remainder of the season.

The Indiana Pacers signed Lamb to a three-year, $31.3 million deal contract last offseason.

NBA PER: Giannis Antetokounmpo Remains Above 32.0

Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to lead the NBA in PER at 32.6 followed by James Harden, Luka Doncic, Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard.

NBA PER (Week 18)
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 32.6
2. James Harden: 29.5
3. Luka Doncic: 29.4
4. Anthony Davis: 28.4
5. Damian Lillard: 27.0
6. Karl-Anthony Towns: 26.9
7. Kawhi Leonard: 26.7
8. Kyrie Irving: 26.3
9. Nikola Jokic: 25.9
10. LeBron James: 25.5
11. Joel Embiid: 25.1
12. Hassan Whiteside: 25.1
13. Trae Young: 24.5
14. Jimmy Butler: 24.2
15. John Collins: 23.3
16. Christian Wood: 23.0
17. Nerlens Noel: 22.8
18. Montrezl Harrell: 22.8
19. Mitchell Robinson: 22.7
20. Enes Kanter: 22.7
21. Bradley Beal: 22.6
22. Rudy Gobert: 22.2
23. Khris Middleton: 22.2
24. Brandon Clarke: 22.0
25. Jonas Valanciunas: 22.0

Pistons Won’t Buyout Derrick Rose After Rebuffing Trade Inquiries

The Detroit Pistons rebuffed interest from the Los Angeles Lakers in trading for Derrick Rose. The Lakers have been seeking a perimeter scorer to round out their roster.

"No, there's no chance," said Brian Windhorst on The Hoop Collective Podcast in reply to a question on whether the Pistons might negotiate a buyout with Rose. "He's under contract for next year at a good number. From what I understand, when the Lakers called the Pistons and expressed an interest in trading for Derrick Rose, the Pistons said 'hey, we appreciate you calling, but we're not trading him. Dwane Casey likes him. We think he's going to be important for us next year.' He just wasn't available."

Rose signed a two-year, $15 million deal with the Pistons this past offseason.

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