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All Clippers are expected to play in Orlando

They should have all 15 guys available

Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Clippers Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

With players opting to sit out and not participate in the NBA restart, along with some players coming down with coronavirus, it’s unlikely that we’ll be seeing full rosters for a lot of the teams in Orlando later this month.

Luckily for the Clippers, as of now, it looks like every player will be there.

Doc Rivers spoke with the media on Wednesday for 30 minutes, and provided a lot of useful information in regards to where the Clippers are at right now and what we can expect from them when they take the court in a few weeks.

The biggest piece of news is that Rivers said he expects Lou Williams to join the team. “All indications [are] yes. He is. Up until we get on the plane, anything can happen. I expect him to be with us, I would be surprised if he’s not,” Rivers told reporters.

Williams said that he was 50/50 on joining the team in Orlando amid everything currently going on with the Black Lives Matter movement. As mentioned, a lot of teams will be missing guys. The Clippers having a fully healthy 15-man roster will definitely give them a much-needed edge.

Today, the NBA announced that an additional nine players have tested positive for the Coronavirus. Rivers says that to his knowledge, none of those positive tests are Clippers players.

“Again, I wouldn’t even know that information, which is good. I think so far, at least in our homestead, so far, so good. Guys have done a great job trying to protect themselves, but this virus, he’s a mean customer. So we’re just doing our best here.”

With that being said, Rivers thinks that whoever wins this NBA championship deserves a gold star next to it, not an asterisk.

“If you think about the mental toughness, it’s going to take to — whoever comes out of this, it’s going to come down to that,” Rivers said. “It’s going to come down to talent. It’s going to come down to teams trying to get back together and play together.

“But there’s going to be so many things that are thrown at us that we don’t even know yet that it’s really going to be a mental toughness challenge.”