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Doc Rivers: Clippers ‘should be better than’ ’08 Celtics

Here we go again. Former Celtics [1] coach Doc Rivers [2] thinks his Clippers are better than any team he’s coached. Here’s what he told ESPN LA [3] (h/t Ball Don’t Lie [4]) about Chris Paul [5], Blake Griffin [6], DeAndre Jordan & Co.

“They should be better than any team I’ve ever coached, I really believe that. They’re more athletic. They don’t have the veteran IQ but they should be in that area. We have a couple individual defenders that can be dominating on defense. We have great speed but we don’t have the size in some ways as some of the teams I’ve coached.”

Hmm. I’m sure the Clippers will join the 2008 Celtics and Michael Jordan [7]‘s 1990s Bulls as the only teams in NBA history to own an efficiency differential greater than 11 (outscoring opponents by 11 points per 100 possessions); they’ll start better than 8-0, take at least a 23-2 record into Christmas and finish better than 66-16; and they’ll go better than 13-1 at home in the playoffs and beat the Heat by 40 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals [8], eclipsing the largest margin of victory in a title-clinching game — set, of course, by those pesky ’08 Celtics. No biggie.