Damn! I haven’t seen Doc Rivers this mad since he tried to beat up Kevin Johnson during the infamous 1993 Knicks and Suns brawl.
Everybody assumed this game against the Brooklyn Nets was going to be a cake walk for the Clippers, losers of their last two. We were all wrong! At the end of a wild double OT, the Nets were celebrating a 127-122 win and Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers was waiting in the locker room to bitch out his team.
“We were walking around like we done something and that bothers me because we’ve done crap. We haven’t done crap,” said Rivers, who was ejected at the end of the first OT. “For us to walk around against a team, that to me is playing their hearts out every night just to win one game, us to walk around like we done something, it bothers me on a basketball level.”
The effort probably bothers him more than the ejection but he was pretty upset about the “damnedest” techs.
“I thought it was an awful tech,” said Rivers. “Honestly, I think you guys know why the tech was called. The official who had nothing to do with the play thought I was yelling at Lauren, and I wasn’t. Actually, she said, ‘Doc, you’re right,’ or whatever, ‘Let’s walk back.’ We were walking. We weren’t even arguing. So it was the damnedest tech to give at that time. What the league is going to do, they’re going to fall back on, ‘He crossed half court.’ You’ll see tomorrow, that’s what they’re going to say. And we’re going to all know that’s not the real reason. I don’t think an official that has nothing to do with the play should be giving someone a tech. That’s my thing. That’s why I got upset. He didn’t even know what we were talking about. It wasn’t even an argument. But listen, that had nothing to do with the game, and that’s not why we lost the game.”
Referee Ken Mauer explained the first tech was for crossing midcourt, which is an automatic tech. The second tech was because of his “behavior,” which included “language.”
Even crazier than the ejection were the shots that followed. Isaiah Whitehead missed both technical free-throws then Sean Kilpatrick made just one of two free-throws, giving the Nets a three point lead with 18 seconds left in OT. The always clutch Jamal Crawford came in the game and forced double OT with a three-pointer.