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Doc Rivers tells LA locker room he’s ‘never been more proud of a team’ after Warriors series

The Los Angeles Clippers may have entered the Westeren Conference playoffs as the eighth and final seed in the conference, but that didn’t stop them from having a magical postseason, and earning a special message from their coach.

Speaking after the team’s final game of the season, Clippers coach Doc Rivers shared a heartfelt message with the Clippers, telling them how proud he was of them throughout the season and in the postseason. Although Los Angeles lost its playoff series to the Golden State Warriors, the Clippers managed to win two games against the two-time defending champions – including a historic 31-point comeback victory in Game 22 – and became the darling of the NBA world because of it.

While many famously thought that the Clippers would barely manage to win 30 games in 2018-19, the team outpaced all expectations, actually finishing with a better record than their in-state rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite the playoff series loss, the Clippers seem well positioned to become a powerhouse in the Western Conference going forward.

Not only do they have two standout young players in Landry Shamet and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, but the team also has the cap space next year to go after some big free agents, including Kevin Durant, who the team showered with praise after Game 6, and hometown product Kawhi Leonard. With Jerry West likely to stay in the front office and help out and Doc Rivers also returning to coach, the Clippers are suddenly a very attractive destination for potential free agents, and may be looking at a much better playoff run than the one they pulled off this year.