For years, Austin Rivers has been a punching bag on social media; On Friday night, Austin Rivers looked like a human punching bag. And by doing so, he also earned the respect of any and every person who has spent years throwing, often unfair, blows at the son of the coach by putting up 21 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 11 stitches in a playoff-ending loss to the Blazers.
“It’s mixed emotions right now,” a Rocky-looking Rivers said after the loss. “I’m very sad, I’m very disappointed, but I’m also very proud.”
Proud is also how his father and every Clipper fan should feel.