Rivers eager to see Clippers fighting fit

By Russell Greaves 7 August 2020 5
Rivers eager to see Clippers fighting fit

Doc Rivers is eager to see his title-chasing Los Angeles Clippers side at full strength before the NBA playoffs get under way.

The Clippers, who sit second in the Western Conference, overcame the Dallas Mavericks 126-111 on Thursday, with just four games left before the postseason campaign begins. 

However, Rivers is having to make do without the likes of Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley and he wants his high-flying squad fighting fit for the business end of the season.

Asked where his team are at on a scale of one to 10, coach Rivers said: "That's a good question. I don't know, six or seven.

"We still have Trez [Harrell] out. We still have several guys that have minute restrictions that put a major problem on us, especially with guards. We still have Pat out."

Injury and illness have been a running theme of the Clippers' season since NBA action resumed, with Ivica Zubac and Landry Shamet having revealed they tested positive for coronavirus.

Indeed, Rivers suggested there had only been three instances when his whole team practiced together.

"I think it's been three with the entire group," he explained.

"It would be nice to have a stretch where our whole team was available, practicing and playing.

"But we haven't had that all year. It's been amazing. We just got to keep rolling."

Kawhi Leonard was the star in the Clippers' win over the Mavericks, scoring 29 points. 

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