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Clippers coach Doc Rivers says he's found his rotation after team remains unbeaten

Clippers coach Doc Rivers says he's found his rotation after team remains unbeaten
Published On: Wed, Oct 10
Apr 21, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; A member of the Scream Team performs in game two of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Doc Rivers likes his Clippers roster because it is filled with multi-talented players he feels he can mix and match depending on the situation or opponent.

After a season in which injuries forced Rivers to use emergency G-League call-ups at times, the flexibility has been a welcome change. What Rivers craves, however, is stability. He believes a reliable rotation has emerged following Tuesdaya€™s 109-103 exhibition victory against Denver at Staples Center.

a€œEvery coach will tell you what they really want is four or five guys to completely separate themselves from the whole group,a€ he said. a€œAnd then, in that group, one or two guys separate themselves from even that group. Then you know who the stars are and you know everything else. a€¦ Wea€™ve had some separators.a€

That core group includes guards Avery Bradley, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and forwards Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari.

Tuesday was hardly a reflection of the rematch between these teams that will take place opening night Oct. 17. Harris and fellow starter Marcin Gortat rested and Luc Mbah a Moute (calf), a veteran who is expected to join the core rotation, missed his second consecutive game.

Yet it also lent credence to the separation Rivers has seen through four games. The five of six a€œseparatorsa€ who played Tuesday accounted for 44 points and 19 of the teama€™s 56 rebounds in the win against a Nuggets team that was the most difficult of the Clippersa€™ preseason opponents thus far. More than statistics, those who figure to be part of the long-term rotation controlled their stretches of brief playing time despite in a low-stakes matchup.

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