Doc Rivers: ‘The key is to have emotion, but not get emotional’

Coach Doc Rivers on Friday was talking about the emotional part of his team’s Western Conference first-round playoff series against Golden State, which begins Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Staples Center.

There is no love lost between the teams, and Rivers was discussing how he wants his players to handle it.

“The key is to have emotion, but not get emotional,” Rivers said. “You have to be emotional to do anything worthwhile, to me.”

Rivers doesn’t want his team to change that.

“I think we are a team that plays with emotion and I think we should continue to do that,” he said. “But obviously, for both teams, there’s a line that you don’t want to cross.”

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