Doc Rivers: Clippers Should Be Better Than Any Team Iíve Coached
Doc Rivers has made it to the Finals twice and even has one ring during his time with the Boston Celtics. He had three guaranteed Hall of Famers in Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen. You could even argue four Hall of Famers if Rajon Rondo continues to play the way that he has for the rest of his career. Yet, Rivers believes that his newest team could be the best team that he has ever coached.
“They should be better than any team I’ve ever coached, I really believe that,” Rivers said. “They’re more athletic. They don’t have the veteran IQ but they should be in that area. We have a couple of individual defenders that can be dominating on defense. We have great speed but we don’t have the size in some ways as some of the teams I’ve coached.”
Rivers now has a young and explosive nucleus in Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan, however, they have never been further than the second round of the playoffs. But Rivers believes that this is their time.
“I’m always focused on our big three guys, Blake [Griffin], DJ [DeAndre Jordan] and Chris [Paul],” Rivers said. “Their leadership is important to our team. I’m always watching them. I think those are the guys that I have more focus on than anybody else. That’s our big three, I like our big three. I like what DeAndre gives us. He gives us something a lot of the guys in the league can’t do. He can block shots, he can run the floor, he can defend, he’s talking and he’s in the best shape of his career. He’s doing a lot of great things for us.”
If Rivers can get more out of Griffin in the post and leave DeAndre in the game in the fourth quarter, the Clippers could be a force defensively and offensively. If not, they’ll advance into the playoffs only to face elimination...again.