Chris Paul's near triple-double of 25 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds were not enough to ward off elimination at the hands of the Thunder Thursday.
Paul finished the postseason averaging 19.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 10.4 assists but it was not enough to carry the Clippers to the Western Conference Finals. Although the Clippers are no longer playing second fiddle to the Lakers in Hollywood, there will need to be some adjustments made to the personnel if they want to take the next step forward and Paul will have a big say in how they approach this situation now that the season is over. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Tim Duncan (rest) will not play Friday against Denver.
The Spurs will take advantage of the holiday and give Duncan an extra day of rest and get ready for Saturday against the Hawks. The Spurs could go with LaMarcus Aldridge at center for Friday and use David West at power forward or they could just give Boris Diaw the start. Either way, those are the three players likely to see the extra work in Duncan's absence. Analysis: Howard Bender