With Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers are poised for a long postseason run behind the leadership of Doc Rivers.
But in an interesting quote by Doc, he affirms that these current Clippers would still lose to his 2008 Championship winning Celtics. Here is what he told Clutch Points:
“I think so, and it’s because of the mental toughness of that group,” said Rivers on why he thinks the 2008 Cs would beat the current Clippers. “That was a very skilled, very deep team, and the depth made them so special.
“When you think of the Celtics, you think of ‘The Big Three’ [Paul Pierce, Garnett, and Allen], but that doesn’t include [Rajon] Rondo or Perk [Kendrick Perkins], who were both phenomenal players, or Eddie House, Tony Allen, James Posey, PJ Brown, Big Baby [Glen Davis], and Leon Powe. That was a deep basketball team. Teams aren’t as deep now.
PG and Kawhi are superstars in their own right and the Clippers have plenty of depth to back them up this season. But the Celtics had a strong roster as well, headlined by Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, and Ray Allen.
This season has yet to start, so we don’t know how far L.A. will make it. But if Doc is already comparing them to the ’08 Celtics, they will have some big shoes to fill this upcoming season.