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Doc Rivers on Nets: "They could knock off Miami"

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe talked to Doc Rivers about what Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce have left ... and what it's going to be like when he has to coach against them when the Nets play his Clippers.

"That will be strange for me, I want them to do well," said Rivers. "For a lot of reasons I want them to do well, they could knock off Miami. But it will be interesting. It will be a while different feeling."

Specifically, Rivers said the two players will have different effects on Brooklyn.

"I think obviously Paul's younger and in tune to play more minutes than Kevin," Rivers told Washburn. "But I think they're still at the top of their games. I think Paul is still one of those guys who can go off for big nights and still have big scoring nights. Kevin is a culture change. He won't play but 20 to 25 minutes a night and there'll probably be nights when he doesn't play but his presence there alone will absolutely change the culture of Brooklyn."

Rivers said Jason Kidd will have an easier time than he did telling KG it's time to sit. He also said Lawrence Frank will also play a big role in integrating KG into the Nets system.

"You think about Lawrence, he worked with (the Celtics) staff, so he's worked with Kevin and he's knows Kevin as well as anybody. So I think that combination will be great for Kevin."