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Rivers Makes LAC Contenders in the West?
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 30, 2013 @ 8:45 am In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
I thought about that discussion when Doc Rivers went to the Clippers last week. Even though he has won only one championship as a head coach, Rivers has a decent dose of the aura radiating from Phil Jackson – minus the Zen. There is, again, genuine excitement in Los Angeles about a coach making a difference.
During the last two years, the Clippers have stopped acting like the Clippers – primarily because of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. So now it seems that a premier coach is added to a roster bursting with exciting young talent and good veteran role players and we have a possibility along the lines of pigs fly: The Clippers win the Western Conference and play in the NBA Finals.
That’s quite a leap, of course. But Rivers to L.A. is bad news for Western contenders, and the first team I wonder about is the Thunder. They made it to the Finals in 2012 and might have made it again in 2013 had they not lost Westbrook to a knee injury in their first round series with the Rockets.
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