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Doc Rivers on animosity between Clippers and Rockets: ‘Just me and Austin’

Doc Rivers and Austin Rivers

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 3: Head Coach Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers and Austin Rivers #25 of the Houston Rockets after a game on April 3, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Doc Rivers is on a roll.

First, the Clippers coach quipped about LeBron James’ power within the Lakers organization. Now, Rivers is using his own son -- Rockets guard Austin Rivers -- as part of a punchline.

Before Houston’s win over L.A. last night, Doc addressed the rivalry between these teams.

Cayleigh Griffin of AT&T SportsNet Southwest:

In the previous Clippers-Rockets game, Austin egged on referees to call a technical foul on Doc. That was a funny moment.

But like with Doc’s LeBron joke, there’s also some truth behind this one. Doc and Austin aren’t especially close. While Austin was growing up, Doc was off coaching.

They aren’t the root of the L.A.-Houston rivalry. If that’s any two people, it’s Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley. It’s also that these are both successful teams.

They want to go at each other. And Doc and Austin are definitely part of that dynamic.