Doc Rivers: Everyone Focusing on Warriors and Overlooking the Spurs

LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers thinks people are too caught up in what the 25-1 Golden State Warriors are doing, and foolishly ignoring the quietly-dominant San Antonio Spurs.

Rivers, who has a knack for tweaking the defending NBA champs, says what the Spurs have accomplished so far is more impressive.

San Antonio, winners of 14 in a row at home, is 22-5 on the season which is the League’s second-best record.

Per the Long Beach Press-Telegram:

“San Antonio, I think their point differential now is more than Golden State’s, which, it’s funny, maybe no one knows that,” said Rivers, whose team will play at San Antonio at 5:30 p.m. Friday (on ESPN).


“Everyone is talking about the other team. And San Antonio, they’re not beating teams right now, they’re destroying teams. And so we’ve got a great challenge. We’re really looking forward to it.” […] Rivers is almost right. San Antonio, at 22-5, is scoring 101.6 points per game and allowing a league-low 88.2. That’s a differential of 13.4. Golden State, at 24-1, is scoring 115.8 points and giving up 102.2, a differential of a league-best 13.6.


Clippers point guard Chris Paul figures this game will indeed give the Clippers an idea of how far they’ve come since getting off to a slow start. […] “It’ll show us where we are as of Dec. 18,” he said. “But they’re a team that’s always a good test for anybody because they’re not going to beat themselves, you have to beat them.”