LA Clippers' Doc Rivers named NBA Coach of the Month

April 16, 2015

The National Basketball Association today announced that Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has been named Western Conference Coach of the Month for games played in April. Rivers becomes the third Clippers coach in franchise history to receive the honor, joining Vinny Del Negro (December 2012) and Larry Brown (March 1992).

Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month.

Rivers guided the Clippers to the league’s only undefeated record in April at 7-0. Los Angeles scored 108.6 ppg and surrendered 97.4 ppg, accounting for the second-highest differential in the league during April at +11.2 ppg.

The Clippers recorded wins over two playoff teams during that stretch – the Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies.

On April 1, the Clippers came back from a 19-point deficit to beat the Portland Trail Blazers on the road behind Chris Paul’s 41 points, 17 assists, five rebounds, and four steals. On April 11, the Clippers moved into a three-way tie for the No. 2 seed with a 94-86 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Los Angeles was an NBA-best 14-1 to close out the regular season. The team opens postseason play as the third seed in the Western Conference, and will host the sixth-seeded San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 on Sunday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. PT.

Other nominees for Coach of the Month were Brooklyn’s Lionel Hollins, Cleveland’s David Blatt, Golden State’s Steve Kerr, Indiana’s Frank Vogel, New Orleans’ Monty Williams, and San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich.

By Staff of and news services

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