Clippers guard Chris Paul remained so tormented by his team’s four losses to the San Antonio Spurs that he felt the urge to immediately call General Manager Neil Olshey, even if it was around midnight.
Olshey said Monday morning that his star point guard called him shortly after the Clippers' 102-99 Game 4 playoff loss Sunday to make sure he knew that “this isn’t going to happen again.”
“I talked to him, thanked him for the opportunity, and told him that I hated how it ended,” Paul said at the Clippers' practice facility. “I didn’t think we should have been swept. I told him, ‘I’ll get better.’”
That was part of Paul’s mantra Monday, as he took the blame for his team's getting swept out of the Western Conference semifinals. Throughout the Clippers' series with the Spurs, he refused to use his strained right hip flexor as an excuse for his play.