Tuesday's Morning Mashup: Clippers G Chris Paul expected to miss remainder of playoffs after breaking hand

April 26, 2016 - 4:14 am

Welcome to Tuesday's Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. TUESDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Red Sox at Braves, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) MLB: Reds at Mets, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB: Cardinals at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m. (FS1) NBA playoffs: Celtics at Hawks, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE, TNT) NBA playoffs: Pacers at Raptors, 6 p.m. (TNT) Soccer: UEFA Champions, Real Madrid at Manchester City, 2:30 p.m. (FS1) AROUND THE WEB: -- When Clippers coach Doc Rivers was asked Monday about the knee injury to Stephen Curry that will sideline the Warriors star for about two weeks, Rivers brought up the 2010 Celtics when they lost Kendrick Perkins in Game 6 of the NBA Finals -- and that comparison led to some chuckles due to the obvious difference in the players' abilities. Now, however, Rivers has a more appropriate comparison. Clippers guard Chris Paul broke his hand in Monday night's 98-84 loss to the Trail Blazers and is expected to need season-ending surgery. Paul had scored 16 points in 24 minutes, but midway through the third quarter he tried to slow down a driving Gerald Henderson and appeared to get his right hand stuck in the back of Henderson's jersey. The result is a fracture of the third metacarpal in Paul's right hand. He went to the bench shortly after the play and headed to the locker room with a trainer, showing his frustration by kicking a seat cushion on the way. "It obviously doesn't look very good for him," Rivers said. "For this to happen to him, he's a very emotional guy. ... The whole team was in the training room. It's nice in that way, but the reality is you don't have Chris Paul." To make matters worse for Los Angeles, Blake Griffin missed most of the fourth quarter after aggravating a left quad injury that he initially suffered on Christmas Day and caused him to miss about half the season. Rivers said Griffin is 50-50 for Game 5. "It doesn't look good for him, either," Rivers said. The Clippers went 3-5 during the regular season when Paul was out of the lineup. "They're a different team without him," Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. The Clippers and Warriors, fierce rivals, would meet in the second round if both teams advance. The Clippers now are tied 2-2, while the Warriors have a 3-1 lead on the Rockets. -- Tigers outfielder Tyler Collins apologized for giving Detroit fans the middle finger during Monday night's 7-3 victory over the A's, after they booed him for a defensive miscue. In the sixth inning, Collins lost Marcus Semien's pop-up in the lights. Teammate Justin Upton then mishandled the ball, allowing Semien to get to third base. As the fans rained boos, Collins flipped the bird and mouthed some expletives toward the crowd. Collins, a 25-year-old backup who is batting .105 with one RBI, acknowledged that his frustration got the best of him. That hurt," Collins said of the play. "To be at home and to hear boos after that play hit a trigger inside of me and I lashed out completely inappropriately. I'm absolutely embarrassed that happened and I'm very sorry to everybody in Detroit. I just want you guys to understand that I love this team and I want to win. So when we come home and get booed, it's tough to swallow. But like I said, I apologize completely. I'm embarrassed at myself. I know my family's embarrassed at me. I'm sure these guys are, too. I'm sorry it happened." Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he did not see Collins make the gesture, but he was told about it and checked the video, then talked to his player. "It's clearly something that can't happen," Ausmus said. "As a matter of fact, I spoke to Tyler immediately in the dugout, in the tunnel after it happened. And I spoke to him after the game. He regrets it. It was an emotional reaction. He regrets it. He knows it was wrong." -- One month after being awarded $55 million by a Tennessee jury, former ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews settled her lawsuit against the owner and operator of a Nashville hotel where a stalker recorded video of her naked. The jury had held West End Hotel Partners and Windsor Capital Group responsible for $27 million, and the stalker, Michael David Barrett, $28 million. However, Andrews' lawyers reportedly were prepared to argue Monday that the companies should be responsible for the full amount. That is, until the settlement was announced. "This litigation is over," said Randall Kinnard, Andrews' attorney. "Erin Andrews is satisfied with the settlement, the terms of which are confidential." Andrews, who now works for Fox Sports as well as ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," gets to avoid having the case drag out on appeal, which could have forced her to revisit her emotional testify about the incident. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 26, 1988, the Bruins beat the Canadiens, 4-1, in Montreal to win the Adams Division finals series in five games and post their first postseason series victory over the Habs since 1943. Which two Bruins had two goals each in the win? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I am troubled by the Commissioner's decision to uphold the unprecedented four-game suspension. It is ironic that a process designed to ensure fairness to all players has been used unfairly against one player." -- Judge Robert Katzmann, in his dissenting opinion of Monday's federal appeals court ruling that Tom Brady's four-game suspension be upheld STAT OF THE DAY: 14 -- Consecutive games without a home run for the Braves, following Monday's 1-0 loss to the Red Sox, tied for the team's longest drought since the franchise was located in Boston 'NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Diamondbacks batter Oswaldo Arcia leads off the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk-off home run against the Twins. The Blue Jays, trailing the White Sox 7-5, have two runners on base with two outs in the ninth inning, but the game ends when baserunner Troy Tulowitzki gets hit while trying to dodge a one-hopper. White Sox right fielder Adam Eaton makes a perfect throw to nab Blue Jays baserunner Edwin Encarnacion at third base. TRIVIA ANSWER: Cam Neely and Steve Kasper SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bobby Rydell was born on this day in 1942.