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Dark Days for Lakers’ D’Antoni, Who Seems to Let the Losing Defeat Him

LOS ANGELES—What a pitiful existence.

Just ask Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who has left that sadness long behind but did beat the Philadelphia 76ers by 45 points in February and beat the Los Angeles Lakers by 48 in March.

The word "beat" has lost its power in sports, but when the numbers are that big, along with a season-long pile of losses so high, they do feel like beatings for the losing coach. Rivers knows, having endured a 24-win season—or more accurately, a 58-loss season, because that's what he remembers—as coach of the 2006-07 Bleacher Report - Los Angeles Lakers
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