It’s not the most perfect strategy in the world, but it just might worked. In an interview during the Los Angeles Clippers media day, Doc Rivers was asked how he was going to get his star point guard Chris Paul rest throughout the season and his response was, well, see for yourself:
Clippers coach Doc Rivers says he won’t limit @CP3 minutes and hopes to get him rest by blowing teams out.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) September 30, 2013
Interesting that Rivers would be asked this question as Paul isn’t old. He’s entering his ninth year in the NBA and will be turning the age of 29 in 2014. But over the past few years of his career, Paul has suffered many injuries, most recently a hamstring that kept him out for most of January. Over the last three seasons Paul has appeared in over 80 percent of the available games, but his health has always been something closely monitored.
Considering the talent the Clippers have this year, adding J.J. Redick, Jared Dudley, Antawn Jamison and Darren Collison in the offseason, Rivers plan just may be able to work. The league may be it’s best shape in years when speaking of the quality of good teams that exist at the moment, but the Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers of the world do still exist.
River’s comments may give Paul extra incentive to play hard throughout the season if it means added rest. This could result in, possibly, a number one seed for the Clips.