Doc Rivers hates to do it, but he’s gonna make the Clippers run lines

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers watches practice during training camp in Las Vegas on Sept. 30.
(John Locher / Associated Press)

In the Clippers’ first exhibition game of the season, they committed 37 fouls and sent the Golden State Warriors to the free-throw line 47 times.

Coach Doc Rivers attributed that to the players being out of shape.

“I thought our conditioning was poor,” he said. “So I’ve got to do a better job getting our guys in shape.”


Rivers said he usually hates making players run lines, a dreaded conditioning drills in which players sprint from the baseline to different lines on the court, then back to the baseline.

“I don’t do it,” he said. “I do it when it’s necessary. I think that’s how poorly conditioned we were.”

The Clippers lost to the Warriors, 112-94. Rivers cautioned that Clippers fans could expect even more losses in the coming games.

“We’re just going to have to work extremely hard over the next two weeks, which means we’re probably going to play even worse in preseason games because we’ll be exhausted.”