I’m not sure what was more embarrassing for Austin Rivers: missing the wide-open dunk or having his Dad run to mid-court to yell “get back on D!”
The whole night is one Austin and Doc probably want to forget. Austin was just 1 for 7 in 15 minutes of action and the Clippers ended up losing by a single point even though they kept the Bucks from scoring in the final minute of the game.
But Austin wasn’t the only struggling Clipper, Chris Paul was 2 for 10 from the floor and committed 6 turnovers to his 7 assists.
Back to Austin, he takes way more $#it from fans and the media than he deserves. He’s a solid player and has been exceptionally solid all season long, especially in January, where he scored 20+ in five games, including a 28-point performance on 10 for 16 shooting. He also had a 25 point game against the Mavs this season on 7 for 11 shooting and 6 for 7 from three. Two weeks after that game, he knocked down 7 of 10 threes against the Magic. So, yeah he sucked last night but so did his teammate who happens to be one of the best point guards in NBA history. So, yeah he plays for his Dad but believe me, there’s a lot of other coaches in this league, who aren’t related to Austin (and his pretty sister Callie Rivers) that would love to have Austin missing the occasional dunk for them.
I hate to bring up something negative after bragging about him but his missed dunk against the Bucks came exactly 1 year after this missed dunk.