Amid the controversy sparked by alleged racist remarks made by Clippers' owner Donald Sterling, L.A. head coach Doc Rivers not surprisingly used the phrase "I don't know" a dozen times Sunday in reference to pre-game questions about Sterling's comments.
"Our message is to play,” Rivers said. “Our message is that we’re going to let no one and nothing stop us from what we want to do. And I think that’s a good message."
Warriors' head coach Mark Jackson was open about his feelings on the matter saying "It's just sad to believe that people feel this way today. It's unfortunate."
Sterling's rant and media attention overshadowed the Clippers 2-1 lead over Golden State heading into Game 4 and the Clipper players were not made available to reporters prior to tip-off.
Once on the court, it was apparent that the Clippers had flipped their warm-up shirts inside out hiding the teams' logo, keeping them that way throughout the game. They also wore black wristbands and socks in a show of solidarity.
Clippers' star guard Chris Paul, the president of the National Basketball Players Association, asked Sacramento Mayor and former NBA great Kevin Johnson to assist in dealing with the Sterling issue at hand.
Johnson spoke to the media at halftime saying "There must be sanctions that make it clear that the NBA family will have zero tolerance for such conduct. Today, tomorrow, forever."
The Warriors beat the Clippers 118-97 to even the series at 2-2. Game 5 is Tuesday at the Staples Center.