Thursday's Clippers Links: Stars likely to rest against Thunder

Clippers win big, and will rest stars against Thunder: The sense was that the Clippers were not going to mess around in this game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. And they didn't. For starters, the Clippers put a 99-79 beating on the Timberwolves on Wednesday night as a reminder of the last time the two teams met at Staples Center, a game Minnesota surprisingly won. -- Los Angeles Times

Chris Paul makes tough decision to skip Olympics: It wasn't an easy decision, Chris Paul admitted Wednesday, but withdrawing from playing in the 2016 Olympics was the best decision for him. He'll be 31 on May 6 and his body could use the rest after 11 seasons in the NBA. -- Los Angeles Times

Clippers ride Chris Paul's all-around effort to 99-79 rout of Timberwolves: It didn’t take long for the Minnesota Timberwolves to learn they were going to be in for a long night. DeAndre Jordan blocked shots on the Timberwolves’ first two possessions, sending a message that scoring wouldn’t be easy Wednesday night. It wasn’t. -- The Orange County Register

T’Wolves coach Sam Mitchell rips team after lopsided loss to Clippers: You might say Minnesota Timberwolves interim coach Sam Mitchell was just a bit upset after his team was routed 99-79 by the Clippers on Wednesday night in Minnesota. Afterward, Mitchell did not pull any punches about the play of his team. -- Long Beach Press-Telegram

Defense was the key to Clippers’ fourth consecutive victory: Chris Paul knew only too well his Clippers had a rather mediocre game offensively Wednesday night when they played at Minnesota. But another fine defensive showing helped overcome that in the Clippers’ 99-79 victory, their fourth in a row. -- Long Beach Press-Telegram

LA Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder rivalry might never be the same: It was May 13, 2014. Chris Paul of the L.A. Clippers had just made a 17-footer to give the Clippers a seven-point lead with 49.2 seconds to play at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals. Paul looked into the crowd and pounded his chest. Paul then made three critical mistakes down the stretch and the Thunder came back and stole a 105-104 victory, much to the delight of their frenzied crowd. -- Long Beach Press-Telegram