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Clippers’ Doc Rivers says LA rivalry is about winning a championship

Doc Rivers

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers is not focusing on just beating the Los Angeles Lakers to prove that they are the better team in the city.

Rivers said that the city of Los Angeles now has two great teams, which intensified the rivalry. The veteran head coach said that the rivalry is just not about defeating each other in games, but the most important thing to consider is who will win a championship in the seasons to come.

“We got two good teams here now,” Rivers said via Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints. “It’s not as much about beating them but winning it.”

The Clippers and the Lakers are considered as the favorites to win it all next season. Both teams made a flurry of moves this summer, which placed them on top of the power rankings.

The Clippers first struck a blockbuster trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder to acquire Paul George. Acquiring George helped them convince Kawhi Leonard to sign with the Clippers. It was later revealed that Leonard actually convinced George to request a trade to the Clippers.

On the other hand, the Lakers traded for Anthony Davis just a year removed from signing LeBron James.

They also added significant pieces like DeMarcus Cousins, Danny Green, Avery Bradley, Quinn Cook, and Jared Dudley. They kept Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, and Alex Caruso.