Doc Rivers jokes that there is no animosity between Rockets and Clippers, just him and Austin
The basketball world was treated to one of the best games of the season thus far on Thursday, as the Houston Rockets rallied from a huge deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers on their home Staples Center floor, 122-117.
The feisty contest was not short of action between the two sides, but when asked about the in-game animosity, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers was quick to play it down. Instead, the veteran shot-caller joked that the only bad blood is between himself and his son, Austin Rivers:
Doc Rivers was asked if there’s any animosity between these two groups..
He said, “No. just me and Austin.”
— Cayleigh Griffin (@cayleighgriffin) December 20, 2019
Doc was obviously just kidding around, as we all know that the bond between father and son will always surpass that of competitors on opposing teams.
For his part, Austin has been a steady force for Houston all season long, averaging 8.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 24.0 minutes per game. The 6-foot-3 combo guard has constantly provided a spark for his team’s second unit, as he continues to log quality minutes off the Rockets’ bench.
On Thursday, Austin played his part in Houston’s epic comeback win, but there’s no denying that the star of the evening was none other than Russell Westbrook, who accounted for a season-high 40 points (13-of-31 from the floor, 12-of-13 from the line), 10 rebounds, and five assists in 40 minutes of action.
As for the Clippers, superstars Paul George and Kawhi Leonard combined for 59 points and eight 3-pointers, but as it turns out, their heroics fell short against what was nothing less than a tremendous performance for the visiting Rockets side.