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Doc Rivers: Clippers ‘should be better than any team I’ve ever coached’

10.03.13 at 11:35 am ET

He left the Celtics about three months ago, but Clippers coach Doc Rivers continues to make news in Boston.

His latest head-turning comments came at Clippers practice on Wednesday, when Rivers said that he believes his current squad of players could be the most talented group that he’s ever worked with.

“They should be better than any team I’ve ever coached, I really believe that. They’re more athletic,” Rivers said. “They don’t have the veteran IQ, but they should be good in that area. We have a couple of individual defenders that can be dominating on defense. We have great speed, but we don’t have the size in some ways as some of the teams I’ve coached.”

That’s certainly lofty praise for his new team, as Rivers helped lead some impressive teams during his tenure in Boston, including a 66-win Celtics team that won the NBA title in 2008 and a 62-win squad that won 19 games in a row, the longest streak in franchise history, during the 2008-09 season.

Rivers also found similarities between LA and his prior Celtics teams by stating that he believes the Clippers have a “big three” of their own in Chris PaulBlake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

“I’ve always focused on our big three guys, Blake, DJ and Chris. Their leadership is important to our team. I’m always watching them. I think those are the guys that I have more focus on than anybody else,” Rivers said. “That’s our big three, I like our big three.”

Rivers will make his return to Boston on Dec. 11, as the Clippers and Celtics will face off that night at the TD Garden.

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