I Am Listening To You Doc Rivers. But Damn, Really?

Doc Rivers last interview gave me a lot to think about. It is like someone once rhymed “You better bring your skills when you step on my stage”.

The Los Angeles Clippers coach recently announced that his team is a “super team” and they can match up with the Golden State Warriors. Pretty surprising right? Or is it not?

The LAC team finished 2015/16 season in 4th place of the western conference with a record of 53–29. Not a bad result at all. Probably everyone expected Clippers to beat the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the Playoffs. What it turned out Damian Lillard and co. left no doubt who should go head to head in the next round against the Warriors.

Last season was full of disorder. Blake Griffin punched an employee of the club, the result of which he injured his hand and was suspended for 4 games. In total he missed 41 matches. In the 30 games that he played he avereged 23.2 p, 8.7 r, 5.0 a. Injuries have not bypassed Chris Paul either. They led 2–1 against the Blazers when CP3 injured his hand, the rest is history. It turned out to be the end of the season.

The current composition of the team has some big names in it, that is why it does not surprise me that Doc Rivers speaks out loud about how good his team will play this upcoming season. But lets slow down here with all that jazz. He obviously has the right to address the potential of LAC, nothing wrong with that. Is everyone familiar with the following names? Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Paul Pierce, Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick. On the paper it looks impressive right? But where do we go from here? Conference final? NBA final? Rings?

Chris Paul is the leader and the brain of the team. We all know what we can expect from him, running plays, great assists and about 20 points per game. Paul Pierce, Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers will fight for the last spot in the first team. DeAndre Jordan scores points only close to the rim, he gets a lot of rebounds on both sides, percentage of free throws is his weakness. I personally like J.J Redick. He did great last season in the absence of Blake Griffin. He is not a all star but being 31 years old and avereging 16.3 points he deserves some respect.

If Doc Rivers and the Clippers wants to compete against the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and even Portland Trail Blazers it is a must to come up strong with so-called X Factor. And they have it. It is Blake Griffin. But if he will not score 30 points per game just as Kevin Durant or Stephen Curry does, then Doc Rivers you can “put your money where your mouth is”.

I understand the hype before the season, i understand the motivation aspect, but damn you Doc Rivers calling Clippers a super team. Challenging “the splash brothers” with the addition of Kevin Durant? Really Doc?

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Ostatnia wypowiedz Doc Rivers dala mi do myslenia. To tak jak ktos kiedys rymowal “You better bring your skills when you step on my stage”.

Trener Los Angeles Clippers tuz przez rozpoczynajacym sie training camp oznajmil, iz jego druzyna jest super druzyna i moga sie rownac nawet z Golden State Warriors. To ciekawe, ale zacznijmy od poczatku.

Sezon 2015/16 LAC zakonczyli na 4 miejscu konfederencji zachodniej z wynikiem 53–29. Nie byl to wcale zly wynik. Zapewne wszyscy spodziewali sie, ze Clippers pokonaja w pierwszej rundzie Playoffs Portland Trail Blazers. Co sie okazalo Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum i spolka nie pozostawi zludzen kto powinien stoczyc do walki w nastepnej rundzie z druzyna GSW.

Ostatni sezon byl pelen zawirowan. Blake Griffin wdal sie w bojke z pracownikiem klubu, wynikiem czego byla kontuzja dloni i 4 mecze zawieszenia. W sumie opuscil 41 meczow. W 30 rozerganych meczach zdobyl srednio 23.2 p, 8.7 r, 5.0 a. Kontuzje nie ominely rowniez Chris Paul. Jego kontuzja dloni gdy prowadzili 2–1 z Portland, okazala sie gwozdziem do trumny i skonczylo sie na zaledwie pierwszej rundzie Playoffs.

Los Angeles Clippers sa ta mniej ututyowana i mniej popularna druzyna z Californi. Przy obecnym skladzie dryzuny nie dziwi mnie to, ze ich trener w superlatywach wypowiada sie o potencjale swojej druzyny. Ma do tego prawo. Wystarczy wymienic 6 nazwisk by przemyslec miano super druzyny Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Paul Pierce, Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick. No tak na papierze wyglada to imponujaco. A jaka okaze sie rzeczywistosc?

Chris Paul jest mozgiem i nogami tej druzyny. Wiemy czego mozna sie po nim spodziewac, znakomite asysty, okolo 20 punktow na mecz. Paul Pierce, Jamal Crawford i Austin Rivers beda walczyc o ostatnie miejsce w pierwszej druzynie. DeAndre Jordan zdobywa punkty tylko i wylacznie blisko obreczy, sporo zbiorek po obu stronach i oczywiscie slaby procent rzutow osobistych. J.J. Rodick zrobil najwiekszy postep, w wielu meczach pod nieobecnosc Blake Griffin gral wysmienicie, srednio 16.3 punktow majac 31 lat i nie majac statusu super gwaizdy to zasluguje na uscisk dloni.

Jesli Doc Rivers chce naprawde walczyc z Steve Kerr i GS Warriors o miano najlepszej druzynu zachodu ligi NBA i o tytul mistrzowski to musi miec tak zwany X Factor. I ma go. Blake Griffin jest X Factor, All Star ligi, twarz marki Jordan Air. Ale do poki Blake Griffin nie bedzie zdobywal 30 punktow na mecz tak jak chociazby Kevin Durant czy Stephen Curry to nie ma mowy o super druzynie czy potencjalnej walce o mistrzostwo.

Rozumien, ze Doc Rivers chce zmotywowal zwoich zawodnikow. Na tym poziomie nie powinno byc dyskusji o celach nizszych niz zamach na tytul ligi NBA.

All I want to say is Damn you Doc Rivers, Super Team? Challenge the Splash Brothers with KD? Really?