Los Angeles Clippers pair Chris Paul and Blake Griffin got into an exchange on the court on Tuesday night, but all concerned have spoken positively about it.
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The Clippers were up by 23 points just before half-time in their 112-101 win over the Phoenix Suns when the incident occurred, but coach Doc Rivers was among the first to praise the pair for airing it out.
Rivers insisted that the group had grown by being able to exchange their views openly as this time last year they would not have done that, according to ESPN.
Having won a championship with the Boston Celtics, Rivers is arguably in a good position to know what is required from a team to win a title, and he sounded very positive about the situation with his two best players getting involved in an exchange.
“It’s not about the other team; it’s about us and what we’re trying to do,” Paul said, ESPN reports.
“I think it shows we’re always trying to get it right.”
Paul finished with 22 points and six assists while Griffin had 20 points, five assists and eight rebounds and the latter echoed his teammate’s sentiments after the game and insists that it is a good thing that they want to be perfect and continue to grow as a team.
Jamal Crawford also added his opinion that it was good to see, and with the Clippers being labelled soft in the past given their failure in the post-season, they will need that edge to their play if they are to contend this year.
The Western Conference remains as competitive as ever, but the win over the Suns on Tuesday night lifted the Clippers to second in the standings ahead of the final night of the regular season on Wednesday where they could slip all the way back down to sixth depending on results elsewhere.