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NBA Coaches of the Month: Nick Nurse of the Toronto Raptors and Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers

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Doc Rivers, Nick Nurse [NBA Getty Images]

Nick Nurse of the Toronto Raptors and Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers were honoured as NBA Coaches of the Month on Monday.

2018-19 NBA Coaches of the Month
Western Eastern
October/November Doc Rivers Nick Nurse

Nick Nurse

The Eastern Conference honours Nick Nurse as the Coach of the Month in his first month as the head coach of the Toronto Raptors. He becomes the fourth head coach in Raptors' history to receive this honour, joining Dwane Casey, Sam Mitchell and Lenny Wilkins.

He is also the first rookie head coach to earn Coach of the Month honours since Luke Walton did it in November of 2015, filling in for Steve Kerr as interim head coach of the Golden State Warriors.

This award is rightfully earned, as Nurse has the Raptors at an NBA-best 20-4 so far this season. He led them to a franchise-best 6-0 to start the year and currently has them ranked second in offensive rating (114.6) and top-10 in defensive rating (106.4).

His Raptors' squad is riding an eight-game winning streak going into tonight's matchup against the Denver Nuggets.

Doc Rivers

The Western Conference honours Doc Rivers as the Coach of the Month. This is Rivers' 11th time taking home coach of the month honours and his first since April of 2017.

Rivers has the Clippers playing way above their level of expectation, sitting atop the Western Conference alongside the Denver Nuggets at 15-7. L.A. ended the month of November winning 11 of their last 13 games including nine consecutive home wins, the NBA's longest current streak.

The Clippers rank fourth in the league in offensive rating (112.5) and 13th in the league in defensive rating (107.5). They're playing a great brand of team basketball with four players averaging over 15 points per game and five players averaging double-figures.

He also had his breakout forward Tobias Harris take home NBA Western Conference Player of the Month honours, averaging a team-high 21.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

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