Clippers news: Doc Rivers happy with record, thinks LA will get much better as season goes on
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Doc Rivers happy with record, thinks Clippers will get much better as season goes on

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Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers is just fine with his team’s win-loss record after another impressive win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas. The Clippers are currently third in the Western Conference with a 23-10 record, and Rivers is optimistic the team will continue to improve as the season wears on.

Via The Athletic’s Joe Vardon:

“Listen, I love our record. I think we’re not even near where we’re gonna be in my opinion, and if we are, I don’t think were good enough. So, I think we are gonna be way better as this year goes on. I just do.”

The Clippers’ record might not look as dominant as some may have expected, but it’s still very good given Paul George missed the start of the season and Kawhi Leonard sits out games for injury management. LA doesn’t mind losing games every once in a while in the regular season. What matters to them is that they’re 100 percent healthy and ready for the postseason grind when that comes around.

The Clippers are widely viewed as one of the top title favorites because of their potential when healthy, and Rivers had a good quip about being a favorite rather than an underdog:

“It’s no fun to be the underdog every night. What the hell, walk in the arena, they have more knives and guns, that gets old. You want to have more sometimes for sure — did I politically say something wrong with knives and guns? I was almost scared in these days and times, you know — though I am anti-NRA, for the record.”

There are still a lot of games to be played, but if we have learned something about these Clippers, it’s the fact that they know how good they are, to the point where they can afford to give away some games in order to rest their stars. They know how good they can be, and two wins over the Lakers helps show that.