One more win and the Clippers are in the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history.
"It’s an accomplishment, but it’s not our goal," Blake Griffin said. "I mean, it is a goal on the way to the bigger goal, the biggest goal. It’s not like a thing, where we did this and (say) it’s Clippers history. That’s not really our thing.
"It’s an accomplishment, but it’s not our final place where we want to be. You know, we need to take care of business and do what we have to do, but we can’t rest on that."
Said Chris Paul: "It means that as a team, we have an opportunity to win Tuesday. Yeah. I mean, it’s about us, not the Clippers franchise and all that. It’s about us in that locker room, and we’ve just got to go out there and play."
It’s seems like so long ago since the Clippers were engulfed in owner Donald Sterling’s scandal last summer and the anniversary of that report was recently. The Clippers have come a long way since those offcourt troubles and that stinging Western Conference semifinals loss to Oklahoma City.
Doc Rivers didn’t want to start talking about history, not until the Clippers win one more game. If the Rockets win Tuesday’s elimination game, they’ll force the series back to Staples Center for Game 6 on Thursday.
"It’s meaningful to have the shot (to do it), but I want to do it first, that’s more important for me," Rivers said. "The fact that it’s the anniversary, I try not to know the anniversary. Half the men in this room can’t remember their wedding anniversary. Why would I ever want to remember that anniversary when you think about it?
"For me, it just tells you about our growth, though. I think our guys and our organization has grown. But I don’t want to go there. We’ve got work to do."