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African American news from Pasadena - Sports - Doc Rivers, the Lakers, Phil Jackson and moreIT IS TIME FOR THE DOCTOR!

You may not know it, but Clippers coach Doc Rivers is a man with a mission. He intends to do everything that he can to win the NBA Championship this year. He recognizes that the odds are against him, as they were for the University of Connecticut. However, he has managed to instill a degree of toughness into this team, and they do have an outside chance of winning it all.

Rivers does know how to lead a team to a championship. He has already done it with the Boston Celtics. He has already provided the Clippers with the leadership and toughness that is required of championship contenders. He has essentially the same core group of last year's Clippers, but they have a better spirit and a different mentality. When they play now, they play hard and expect to win.

Following the Celtic tradition, he understands that you cannot have too many good players. So, when the opportunity came up, he added Danny Granger to his roster. Granger is nearly recovered from having a sore hamstring. When he is healthy and at his best, he is among the league's best players. In my opinion, he is the key as to how far the Clippers can go.

Their first opponents in the Playoffs are likely to be the Golden State Warriors. This is the team that should scare them before they lose. The Warriors have two great shooters, Seth Curry and Klay Thompson. They may be the two best shooting guards in the history of the NBA. Fans call them, "The Splash Brothers." They will score a lot of points, and they will scare the living daylights out of the Clippers, but that team does not have enough beef to win the series.

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