Doc Rivers: Clippers ‘Were Not Ready’
“We were not ready tonight,” [Doc] Rivers said. “I told our guys before the game. Those are pros on the other side and they’ve been told for months how good you’re going to be, how they’re not going to be good and they’re not going to have Kobe and all that stuff. You know they were going to play like this is the world championship, with that type of energy, and we never matched it.”
The Clippers are no longer a team on the rise. After Rivers came to Los Angeles from the Boston Celtics and Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were re-signed, this team catapulted itself toward the top of the list of contenders in the league. Outside of the Miami Heat, there isn’t a trendier pick to win the Finals than the Clippers. That means teams are now going to play the Clippers as if they’ve achieved greatness — even though, as we all know, they haven’t won a thing yet.