What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 EARLY ALL-STAR RETURNSClippers forwards Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are third and fourth, respectively, in fan voting for Western Conference frontcourt players, the NBA announced Thursday.Leonard, a three-time All-Star who is averaging 25.6 points per game and career highs in both assists (7.6) and rebounds (5.2), has garnered 740,657 votes.George, an All-Star six times previously, has received 280,894 votes. He’s averaging 23.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists per contest.Related Articles There was another way that Stern affected the course of Rivers’ career, the coach said, chuckling heartily as he responded to a question about Blake Griffin’s contribution to the positive momentum of the Clippers’ franchise almost two years after they traded him to Detroit.“Blake and DJ (DeAndre Jordan) really are the two – and David Stern,” Rivers said. “I just thought about that.”Rivers was alluding to Stern’s 2011 veto of the Lakers’ three-team trade proposition to acquire Chris Paul from the then-New Orleans Hornets. At the time, Stern occupied the temporary role as governor of the Hornets (the NBA temporarily was running the team).Paul then was traded to the Clippers, for whom he proved a key piece on six consecutive playoff teams. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum LOS ANGELES — David Stern remained in the thoughts of those who showed up to work at Staples Center on Thursday, a day after the world learned of the death of the former NBA commissioner.The man who helped expand the league, including influencing the direction of both the Clippers and Lakers franchises, died Wednesday, three weeks after he was hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage. He was 77.“To be drafted into the NBA, and play in the NBA, it’s always (a dream) to shake the commissioner’s hand,” said Clippers forward Patrick Patterson, who was among those who had that opportunity when he was drafted 14th overall in 2010 by the Houston Rockets. “He did a lot for basketball, for getting it out there to the public across the world and help bring everyone together.”Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey was focused on the strides the league made during Stern’s tenure, between Feb. 1, 1984 and Feb. 1, 2014: “The No. 1 thing with David was the fact that he did more for race relations, diversity for women, than any commissioner in sports, and he did it with his actions. As far as opportunities in this league for coaches and players, front office people, he made it known that that’s what he wanted was the diversity aspect of it and he made it happen.” Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory The Lakers’ LeBron James (1,020,851 votes) and Anthony Davis (955,246) are the leading Western Conference frontcourt vote-getters. The Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (1,073,957) and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (1,073,358) lead the NBA and their respective conferences.Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 starters for the NBA All-Star Game, which will be held at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday, Feb. 16. All current NBA players and a media panel both account for 25 percent of the vote. Clippers coach Doc Rivers also credited Stern for changing the trajectory of the NBA in profound ways.“He was the sheriff, as I’ve said earlier with love,” Rivers said. “People don’t remember this league when he came in, this was a tough league, this was a drug-infested, image-problem league, and David Stern came in and cleaned it up and kept it going. He’s the most influential person to ever be involved in this league other than players – and he’s in the top 10 if you include players.”Rivers also recalled Stern being hands-on in ways that he didn’t expect.“David Stern was my first call when I was fired as a coach,” said Rivers, who was let go by the Orlando Magic after a 1-10 start in 2003. “I actually had never been fired, so you know I get home and David Stern’s on the phone and I’m thinking, ‘Wow this is a cool thing. When you get fired the commissioner calls!’ But what he was calling me to tell me was that tomorrow ABC was going to offer me the job and I better take it.”Rivers did, working with Al Michaels as a TV broadcaster for one season before returning to coaching with the Boston Celtics.