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Doc Rivers cites playing multiple games in a row with healthy roster as ‘key’ for Clippers’ title hopes

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The retooled Los Angeles Clippers lived up to the lofty expectations in the first half of the 2019-20 NBA regular season, going 37-18 for third place in the Western Conference.

Head coach Doc Rivers believes his team could get even better after the All-Star break — granted his entire roster could remain healthy for the remaining games. Per ESPN’s Tim Bontemps:

“We have to get healthy. That’s going to be the key for us. And then we have to be able to play multiple games in a row.”

The Clippers are among the short list of strong contenders for the Larry O’Brien trophy this year, thanks in large part to the arrival of superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The team, however, has struggled to keep everyone on the floor at the same time.

George is coming off two shoulder surgeries over the summer and only played in 34 of the Clippers’ first 55 games. Leonard, on the other hand, continues to sit back-to-back games due to load management. Key players like Pat Beverley has also missed some time due to injuries.

The Clippers have lost their last two games entering the All-Star break. They came up short on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics.

Inconsistency issues seem to plague the team so far. The Clippers look like world-beaters at times then get bludgeoned by inferior teams in the next game. ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins even claimed that the Clippers only bring their A-game against crosstown rivals Los Angeles Lakers.

The Clippers are currently just a game behind the Denver Nuggets for second place in the West standings.