Clippers Austin Rivers bumps referee, gets ejected; angry Doc Rivers quickly follows
Midway through the second quarter of a game where his team was getting blown out, the Clippers’ Austin Rivers drove the lane, got bumped while in the air, missed the shot but kind of stumbled over toward the baseline referee, J.T. Orr.
Then Rivers seems to turn and push Orr — not hard, but he made contact, and to me it appears intentional (at least from the one camera angle). Intentional contact is an automatic double technical and ejection — which is exactly what Rivers got. Orr saw the contact as initiated by Rivers, and not because he was stumbling from the play. Rivers was hot, and security had to guide him off the court and to the locker room.
Father/coach Doc Rivers didn’t like that, and promptly got himself ejected for arguing the call.
It’s the holidays, it’s nice that the Rivers family got to spend a little quality time together in the locker room. Just hanging out.
Without Chris Paul and Blake Griffin for the night, the Clippers were getting run out of the building by the Rockets.