Doc Rivers: Clippers' Deep Roster Is Built for Success in NBA Restart Bubble

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 29, 2020

Los Angeles Clippers' Doc Rivers coaches during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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The Los Angeles Clippers have been without five players during the NBA restart, but head coach Doc Rivers remains confident going into the start of seeding games Thursday.

"Well, a deep roster is built for that," Rivers said, per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. "And we've done that. Now, when you have five and six guys out at one time, that's asking too much on any roster. By the time the [seeding] games start, we won't have that many out, but we'll have maybe two to three key guys out, and that's asking a lot.

"Having said that, that doesn't stop us from believing we're going to win every game. We have great confidence."

The Clippers have been without Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Patrick Beverley, Ivica Zubac and Landry Shamet, with each player spending time away from the Orlando bubble for different reasons. Williams and Harrell will remain out for Thursday's opener against the Los Angeles Lakers, while Beverley is a "maybe" to play.

Even with these absences, the Clippers remain a dangerous team thanks to the presence of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The forwards have a combined 10 All-Star selections between them, but they have been in and out of the lineup throughout their first seasons with the team.

With those two superstars healthy in Orlando, the Clips should be able to match up with anyone.

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There also isn't too much pressure for this team in the seeding games as a playoff spot is already secure and the No. 1 seed arguably out of reach being 5.5 games behind the Lakers.

The Clippers can instead focus on staying healthy and getting back up to full strength before the start of the playoffs on August 17.

Caesars Palace has given them +325 odds to win the title ($100 bet wins $325), the third-best behind only the Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks.

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