The Clippers won 56 games and were one game away from making the franchise's first appearance in the Western Conference Finals. The Clippers weathered injuries to Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford, and rode strong seasons by DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul. Doc Rivers used an Austin Rivers report card as a motivational tool, so we'll follow suit and grade the Clippers on their 2014-15 season. -- Jill Painter Lopez
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Chris Paul played all 82 regular season games for the first time in his career, starred with Griffin out after surgery, had the game-winner in Game 7 against the Spurs. J.J. Redick had a career-best season with 100 3-pointers but struggled from long range against the Rockets in the playoffs. Austin Rivers trade worked out well. Jamal Crawford had a great season until the calf injury and wasn't same after that.
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DeAndre Jordan had a career-best year and then averaged 13 points and 13 rebounds in the postseason. His defense was superb. Only place he failed was at the free-throw line, but handled hack-a-DJ well. Reserve Glen "Big Baby" Davis provided the hustle, energy and all the intangibles and brought his NBA title mettle to Clippers.
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Blake Griffin had a monster year and had three postseason triple-doubles. He came back after surgery for staph infection and was even better. But Spencer Hawes pulled this group down. He disappointed all year in the first year of a four-year $23 million deal. The 35-year-old Matt Barnes played really well but had too many technical fouls and fines and didn't keep emotions on court in check.
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Overall, the group failed to provide the spark and depth that is its collective job. The reserves so lost confidence from Doc Rivers, that there were only three major players who were productive -- Jamal Crawford, Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Austin Rivers (pictured), when he joined team in January. Spencer Hawes, Hedo Turkoglu & Co. fell so far out of favor, they rarely played.
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Doc Rivers team did well in winning 56 games and the No. 3 seed in the playoffs. But you're judged by championship and squandering a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference semifinals was what people will remember about this team. His real work will be determined in the offseason, trying to re-sign Jordan and making moves with big salary cap restrictions and no draft picks.
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Overall grade: C
No matter what good happens during the regular season, and that counts for something, you're judged by the postseason. The Clippers put themselves in fine position to get the Western Conference Finals for the first time in history with a thrilling seven-game series win over the Spurs, then failed to deliver in three closeout games vs. Houston. Doc Rivers took the Clippers coaching and president roles to win a championship, and the Clippers fell short in 2014-15.