Clipperholics mailbag: Early December edition

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 3: Austin Rivers
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LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 06: Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers calls for a foul during the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on December 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 06: Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers calls for a foul during the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on December 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

@cberba9 asks: Do you still believe in Doc Rivers as a coach?

Ryan

Not really, but it’s hard to say with certainty at this point. Yes, the team always seems to come up short. Yes, he has some bad rotations and the team seems unmotivated at times. However, he’s had to change his rotations and game plan immensely this year due to the number of injuries. I would let him play out this season, get a feeling from the players and management on how they evaluate him and then make a decision based on that. I’ve never been a fan of firing a coach mid-season, so I’d at least let him ride out the remainder and see if he can do anything that makes me doubt moving on.

Garrett

Yes and no, if you’ll accept that answer. Considering the circumstances, Doc has done a good job of keeping the ship afloat. But there’s no denying that certain late-game sets and rotations have cost the Clippers a few wins. I believe he’s doing his best, and that it’ll take time until he completely figures out what works with this team.