The Rivers family weren’t too happy with the stripes on Sunday. In the first half, Austin Rivers received his 5th tech of the season and with a little more than a minute left in the Clippers loss to the Wizards, Coach Doc Rivers picked up back-to-back techs and was ejected for the 2nd time this season.
Via LA Times
“I walked over and said, ‘Isn’t the rule if you are in the restricted zone, that that’s an automatic foul,’” Rivers said, referring to the basket Markieff Morris had scored down low right before Rivers was called for his technical.
And the referee said, “Tech,” Rivers told the media.
And, so how did you get the second technical foul?
“I just waved at him, telling him bye,” Rivers replied. “Listen, I’ll get the second one. But you know at some point, my job is to ask a question and you shouldn’t get a tech for that. If I earn a tech, I’m good with that. Like I said in the game when I got thrown out in Brooklyn, I completely earned that. But this one … I mean, the one guy gave three techs to Rivers.”
And if watching Bradley Beal hit the technical free-throws for a season-high 41 points wasn’t painful enough, news out of LA is Blake Griffin will have to undergo “minor” knee surgery and will be out 3-6 weeks.