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Doc Rivers named Western Conference Coach of the Month

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For the second time this season, Doc Rivers earned the Western Conference's Coach of the Month award.

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA handed out the last of its monthly awards Friday, with Clipper head man Doc Rivers earning Western Conference Coach of the Month for his work in April. LAC went 6-1 during the month, with their only loss coming in the finale in Phoenix when the lineup consisted of nothing but reserves.

This honor may not hold a ton of water considering the regular season only extends halfway into the month, but voters certainly took note of the team's famous victory over the Jazz that essentially knocked Utah out of the postseason. The Clips were without Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick that night, yet still managed to beat a desperate Jazz team 102-99 in overtime.

Rivers also won the award for January, when the Clippers went 11-3. Doc will lead the Clippers into their first-round playoff series against Portland Sunday night at 7:30 at Staples Center.