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Doc Rivers: Clippers need to be ready for 'hard' three-game trip

November 05, 2013|By Broderick Turner
  • Houston center Dwight Howard, right, knocks the ball away from Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during the Clippers' 137-118 win Monday at Staples Center. The teams meet again Saturday in Houston.
Houston center Dwight Howard, right, knocks the ball away from Clippers… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers called the Clippers’ three-game trip over four days a “hard trip.”

It starts Wednesday night in Orlando, goes to Miami to play the two-time NBA champion Heat Thursday and finishes at Houston Saturday.

“Orlando is playing great. They beat Brooklyn and New Orleans back-to-back,” Rivers said. “Miami is Miami and Houston is Houston. So it’s a hard trip. But that’s the way they’re all going to be, the way I look at it. We just have to be ready for it.”

The Clippers begin the trip on a three-game winning streak.

They also will have to play the Rockets again five days after beating them.

“This was an important game,” Rivers said about Monday night’s victory over Houston. “You didn’t want to go on this trip and have a lost and then have to see them (the Rockets) again at their place. That would not have been good.”

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