Los Angeles Clippers Doc Rivers fined $15000 for officiating comments

Laverne Higgins
March 17, 2018

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers called the officiating in his team's 101-96 loss to Houston a joke, but the National Basketball Association wasn't laughing as it handed him a $15,000 fine on Friday, March 16. "Let me say this, they shot 41 threes, right?" We doubled them in the amount of points in the paint and it was [23-8] in free throws. Lou (Williams) down the stretch on a play and no call. Got hit all game. "That's a joke. That is a complete joke", Rivers said.

Clint Capela added 19 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high six blocks as the Rockets have won three straight since seeing their 17 game win streak end last week in Toronto. And it was 24-8 in free throws.

The hope is that Rivers' comments will help the Clippers get some calls in the near future as the team aims to make the playoffs this season for the seventh consecutive season. (DeAndre Jordan) gets fouled over the back.

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James Harden led the Rockets with 24 points, but the start of the night for the Rockets was Eric Gordon, who scored 23 points off the bench, connecting on 7-of-9 shots from behind the 3-point line. Our guys played their hearts out.

Per ESPN, while Rivers "hasn't been as vocal this season as in previous seasons", he did complain about the officiating at least one other time this season - after being ejected during a January 22 loss to the Timberwolves. With their loss last night and other Western team's victories, the Clips dropped back out of 7th place in the conference and down into 9th.

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