Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 10/30/13
LOS ANGELES Clippers coach Doc Rivers warned his team this might happen -- and then it did. The Clippers have been anointed one of the best teams on the planet, a team full of star power and exceptional coaching. A team, some say, that's capable of reaching the NBA Finals. It also puts a large target on their backs, the kind they realized Tuesday night when they lost their season opener to the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers 116-103 at Staples Center. "I kept saying it all week," Rivers said. "That team heard for four or five months how good we are. I told our guys tonight, and you can ask them, 'We're fighting human nature. That team is coming after you with everything they have, and I don't know if you can match it.' "At the end of the day, we did not." On the first night of what is supposed to be an epic season, the Clippers discovered that they're a work in progress. They also learned that opponents will love nothing more than to upset their march toward a possible championship r...
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