The NBA today announced that L.A. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has been named Western Conference Coach of the Month for October and November. This is Rivers’ 11th career Coach of the Month honor. He last won the award in April 2017. The Toronto Raptors’ Nick Nurse was the Eastern Conference winner.
Rivers led the Clippers to a Western Conference-best 15-6 record over the first two months of the season, tied for the NBA’s second-best record in that span. L.A. won 11 of their last 13 games in November, including nine of their last 10 and have won nine straight at home, the NBA’s longest active home winning streak. The Clippers went 6-0 in games decided by five points or less in October and November, and their bench led the NBA, averaging 53.8 points per game. Their 15-6 start was tied for the team’s fourth-best through 21 games in franchise history.
The Clippers are currently tied atop the Western Conference standings at 15-7.
Ever since LeBron James entered the league in 2003, he has been compared to Michael Jordan, but in reality, if you watch LeBron’s game, it’s a lot closer to another NBA legend, Magic Johnson. To me, James is a more athletic version of Magic.
Throughout his career, James always seemed more comfortable facilitating than scoring, and according to Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, James has always been more Magic than Michael.
Rivers discussed LeBron and Magic today on ESPN’s First Take as LeBron prepares to make his Lakers’ debut tonight on the road against the Blazers.
Monday night at the Staples Center was very contentious as the Rockets played the Clippers in Chris Paul’s return to Los Angeles. Paul was mad at his former teammate Blake Griffin. Trevor Ariza was angry at Austin Rivers, and before you know it, James Harden, Trevor Ariza, and Gerald Green reportedly tried to get into the Clippers’ locker room to confront Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers.
Matt Barnes, who played with Rivers with the Clippers, can see why players would have issues with Rivers:
“Austin kinda rubs people the wrong way,” Barnes explained to “Left Coast Live” on Mad Dog Radio. “He talks a lot of trash and doesn’t really back it up. I think people are probably tired of that.
Barnes explained some of issues players may have with Rivers:
“He’s just very arrogant. I know him personally, and at the beginning, it kind of took a little bit to get used to, and as a teammate you kind of just accept him for who he is and have his back as a teammate,” Barnes said. “But hearing guys talk around the league, and seeing guys had a problem with him while I was playing with him, I can see why. He carries himself like he is a 10x All-Star, and he’s not that. That kind of arrogance rubs people the wrong way. If you’re talking trash on top of that, there are some guys who are not going to have that. And I know Trevor(Ariza) is one of them.”
Barnes talks more about Austin and Doc Rivers at the link below:
There has been a lot of talk about the future of Chris Paul with the Clippers. The San Antonio Spurs reportedly might pursue Paul, who is expected to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. However, Clippers president/coach Doc Rivers believes that Paul will stay in Los Angeles. When asked by TMZ Sports if Paul is going to stay with the Clippers, Rivers said “absolutely.”
It might be a tall order for the Spurs to sign Paul anyway. According to ESPN, the Spurs would possibly have to do the following:
Spurs would have to renounce the rights to looming free agents Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills, and Jonathan Simmons as well as potential free agents Dwayne Dedmon and David Lee.
They may have to make other moves as well to make it work.
Plus, the Clippers could offer Paul more money (53 million more). End of the day, the Spurs are cap-strapped; therefore, I don’t see it happening.
However, if there is a will, there is a way!
Austin Rivers wants to keep the Clippers together. He believes the Clippers are close to winning a title.
“I think we right there on a cusp of doing something special, so I think we just gotta keep it together man. Great things take some time, and were getting better, so I don’t think it’s time to break it up yet man. I think that’s a little dramatic,” Rivers told TMZ Sports.
We still feel like we can be a NBA championship team man. We this close; we about a piece away, so it would be idiotic to break everything up.”
Rivers does not see the Clippers breaking up. I wonder if his daddy told him that?
I don’t think the Clippers are that close, but the Clippers number one priority should be getting their hands on Carmelo Anthony! If that happens, it could change things!
The Clippers bow out again in the first-round of the NBA Playoffs. Losing a game seven to the Utah Jazz in Los Angeles 104-91. The Jazz move on to face the Warriors, while the Clippers deal with an uncertain future. Both Blake Griffin and Chris Paul can opt out of their contracts. After the game, Paul was asked what the Clippers need to do to get over the hump. “Luckily, that’s not my job. My job is to come in try to make sure I’m in the best shape possible. Try to lead our team, and stuff like that,” Paul said. “That’s not may job to maneuver whose here or whose there.” When asked about what he might do in the off-season, Paul said he has not thought about it.
Paul has played the most playoff games(76) in NBA history without going to a conference final. Paul finished game 7 against Utah with 13 points and 9 asts.
Should be an interesting next few months for the Clippers!
It’s the playoffs, so that means another Clippers’ injury. Blake Griffin left in the first half against the Jazz with a bruised right big toe, and never returned. According to the Clippers, X-rays were negative. Griffin will be further evaluated on Saturday. The Clips did manage to win game three in Utah 111-106.
Griffin might come back and be effective, but this a big reason why you have to break up the Clippers. Can you really trust that Blake Griffin will stay healthy? Furthermore, it boggles my mind that the Clippers did not try to get Carmelo Anthony. According to reports, the Clippers did not have to give up any of their “Big 3″(Jordan, Paul, and Griffin) to get Melo. Even if the Clippers were to get out of the first round, they are not beating GSW.
Griffin can and probably will opt out of his contract this summer. Chris Paul can do the same. With all that money out there, CP3 and BG are opting out. Decisions, decisions! This is the perfect time to rebuild or retool, but you have to do something.
Doc Rivers you have a busy summer my friend!
UPDATE: Clippers’ announced that Blake Griffin is out for the playoffs with a toe injury!