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Doc Rivers wants team to embrace adversity

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Clippers head coach Doc Rivers understood he had a lot of work to accomplish with this team. Revamping mindsets, attitudes, along with repositioning certain players.

Under his system so far, DeAndre Jordan has turned into their anchor for defense in the paints and has increased his rebounding with better and more disciplined shot selection. Blake Griffin has improved his shooting and gained more confidence with each basket made in games or in practice.

Despite the numerous injuries that have plagued this team at different times, or the ejections that have cost him and his players games, Rivers has managed to keep his players focused on the task at hand. And that task is not only to compete for an NBA title, but better themselves as players on the court.

One of the more challenging philosophies that Rivers continues to implement into his players is to embrace the challenges of the season, and adversity they face with each game.

Rivers and the Clippers face two challenging teams on the road in the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs this weekend.

"The way I look at we have two tough games coming up," said Rivers. "I love where we're going...I can't play, but as a player it should be looked at as this is a fun trip. I don't ever look at that way, like this is going to be a hard trip."

Rivers continued, "I talk about this to our guys all the time, about how you should look forward to it and embrace it. Enjoy the difficulties of the season and challenges like this will make you better for later."

Rivers is always thinking ahead and preparing for the mountain top, which makes him such a unique and winning mentality type coach.

This team is halfway to fully engulfing themselves in Rivers philosophies, where they've shown flashes of receiving the wisdom in various games this season.

They are truly a work in progress, and with each game they improve little by little, the question remains will this talented Clippers team meet the high expectations of the vision that Doc Rivers has for this team?



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