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NBA verdict on Clippers owner expected Tuesday

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TMZ has released an audio recording that allegedly caught the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist remarks to his girlfriend.

Since the recording was posted online, the conversation has sparked national outrage -- not something team needed before Game 4 of the Western Conference playoff series.

"Racism -- injustice of any kind -- should always be front and center, and we should never run from it," Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said.

Rivers said he and his team are doing the best they can since TMZ published an audio recording of Sterling verbally scolding his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, for posting a photograph of herself and a friend posing with Magic Johnson to her Instagram -- a move Sterling denounced as publicly associating with black people.

"It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people," Sterling said in the recorded conversation. "Do you have to?"

Until Sunday, the clippers lead 2-1 in Round One of the playoff series against the Warriors. When they appeared on court for Game 4, the players wore their warm-up shirts inside out, hiding the Clipper's logo.

Many of the players also donned black socks and wrist bands.

The NBA is currently investigating the recording and Rivers said a verdict should come by Game 5 on Tuesday. A maximum $1 million fine and potential suspension looms for Sterling as new NBA commissioner Adam Silver has his first real crisis on his hands.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry made a career playoff-high seven 3-pointers and had 33 points to lead the Warriors to a 118-97 victory at the Oracle Arena on Sunday afternoon. The series is tied at 2-2.

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