By Diego Marquez
Jumping out to a 16-7 record through the first 23 games, the Los Angeles Clippers have taken the NBA and the city of Los Angeles by storm early in the 2018-19’ season. Estimated to win 33-37 games this year, some NBA fans would say that the Clippers sharing the No. 1 spot in the Western Conference means something and is no fluke. On Monday, two of the Clippers – Tobias Harris and head coach Doc Rivers – were recognized for contributing to the amazing start to the season.
Harris was named the Western Conference Player of the Month after leading the NBA in effective field-goal percentage, shooting 59.4 percent form the field and is averaging 21.7 point and averaging almost nine rebounds per game while shooting 44 percent from 3-point territory. Contributing to the NBA’s second-best record, which is the franchise’s fourth-best record through 21 games, Harris has managed average career highs in points, rebounds, field-goal percentage, 3-point percentage and minutes played.
Through the first six weeks, Rivers has led the Clippers to the fourth-best start in the franchise’s history, and they are currently tied for the NBA’s second-best record. Winning nine home games in a row and winning the 11-of-13 games in the month of November, the Clippers hold the longest active home winning streak. Along with Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell providing big sparks off the bench, Patrick Beverly and Avery Bradley playing some of the league’s most stout defense and the emergence of rookie guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander there should be no question as to why Doc Rivers was named the Western Conference Coach of the Month for both October and November. Putting all the pieces together to make one beautiful puzzle; Los Angeles wouldn’t have it any other way.