HOUSTON – LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers was pushed out of contention with official Tony brothers on half court Wednesday while his son, the Houston Rockets guarding Austin Rivers, laughs and signals to employees to technically dump his father.  Doc Rivers descended from the floor to the dressing room, Austin Rivers seemed to fully enjoy the moment, celebrating, waving to Houston fans to cheer harder before signaling his father to call him, pretending to hold the phone to her ear, Rivers 'father-son moment came with 1 minute remaining 31 seconds into the fourth quarter of the Rockets' 102-93 victory over the Clippers.
Then Austin Rivers tweeted: "Well …. Thanksgiving will be weird …."
Welp …. thanks will be weird ….
̵1; Austin Rivers (@ AustinRivers25) November 14, 2019
"I did it" – smiled at Houston's security guard when asked if he enjoyed his father's two technical faults. "I knew it was coming. I could see it. I've seen it before – many times. Once it starts flashing fast and it starts [imitates Doc getting mad] then I know it's about to even out. So I just started telling Tony pick it up. They brought him out. He's out of here. "
The Clippers head coach explained that his dismissal came after a strange situation involving the new coach's challenge rule. Clippers striker JaMychal Green was moving towards the basket when he lost the ball. Rockets keeper James Harden turned out to knock the ball out of Green's hands. Green then clashed hard with Houston center Clint Capella, who lay on the floor for a few minutes before heading to the locker room.
After the Rockets waited for a timeout while Capella was in attendance, Clippers called for a timeout to dispute the call that the ball came out of the Green for a turnover of 4:35
Doc Rivers told him it was told by two employees that although his challenge is right, it takes more than his time to seek formal litigation. Then the Clippers created confusion.
Austin Rivers says he enjoyed his dad's technical foul and says he doubts he and Doc Rivers will go to dinner at any time.  "The ref. They fucked up," Rivers said. "I did a challenge. In fact, they said I was right in the challenge, but that I took the 30-second path to call him. Then two reflexes came to me and told me that it meant you were not winning the Challenge. But you are taking back the time the arena actually put the extra time out back on the board so we think we have two timeouts I think [we have two timeouts] because two reflectors actually came to me and told me I told all our assistants and told our players . "
When Rivers called for a timeout later in the game, and the Clippers went down seven with 1:31 remaining, he said the Brothers informed him that this was his last timeout. Then Rivers went to the half court to tell the Brethren that he had been told by the other officers that he had two more left before pleading with the couple (Tony Brown and Derek Richardson) to come from where they stood to Confirm with Brothers – Until
During this wait, Clippers guard Patrick Beverly, who had already been fouled, received a technical error from the Brothers. Rivers then received two technical fouls and was thrown out. Harden made three technically free throws to take the Rockets' lead to 10.
The brothers told a pool reporter after the match that Rivers had really told him he would not be evaluated for a timeout on a previous future challenge.
"Once it was determined that Clippers could not dispute the play, they were incorrectly informed that they would reserve their waiting time," the Brothers explained. "When [Rivers] was told that he had lost his waiting time during this challenge, as you might expect, he became upset and was given the opportunity to try to gain self-control, but that did not happen.  "came out on the floor when we wanted to start the game again. He got a technical foul. The first, he says, "I'm not interested." And he continued to stand on the floor, so he was given a second technical and thrown out. "
No one looked more admirable than Austin Rivers, who laughed well at the expense of his father.
" I was just trying to help with the situation, "Austin Rivers breathed." Listen, guys, I never I like to escalate anything. You don't know me about that. I have always been a peacemaker. This is only 100 percent. Doc needs to keep his cool. "
Asked if this would make things uncomfortable around the holidays, the missile keeper replied," I doubt we'll go to dinner or anything like that.
"He's actually sensitive to things like that, so we'll see what happens," said the younger Rivers. "I love him. That was a really good time. I liked it a lot. I won't lie to you: really I liked it. It was fun. "
There didn't seem to be any serious feelings on the part of the older Rivers, as Doc later replied to the post at the moment to his son with" funny …. I love you. " @austinjrivers
Doc Rivers said he noticed his son, who urged him to get a technical foul, that he "should" and that he "didn't care."
The head coach's measured dissatisfaction focused on
"Now, listen, I'm fine with that if they told me," Rivers said I only had one wait instead of two. "But the staff can't tell me I'm taking the time out and then make me use it and then tell me you don't have one … These mistakes can't happen. What bothers me the most is , are the two employees who told me they escaped. They just let the Tony Brothers handle. I mean, come on. You can't do this. You can't do this in a four-point game. That can never be done. It can never happen.
"There was a lot of play throughout the game, so I guess they were tired of us all. But when you make such a mistake, you cannot throw the coach away. you have to take your mistakes into account. We own ours. We didn't play good basketball. We have to deal with our crime better. I own it. And they must abide by it. "
Beverly caught up with the poor calls against the Clippers as Harden went on the line 17 times, three times more than the entire Clippers team.
'I don't think we will let him go,'" Beverly said of the loss. " I think there were some difficult calls in the stretch, which I obviously feel was not the right call. I'm not here to dispute any referees, but if you look at the tape – JaMychal Green tip ball goes out of bounds, my sixth half court foul, out of bounds, faked. Kauhi [Leonard] gets a foul every time he drives, nobody calls.
"I got a technical foul because I looked at ref, I guess it's too long and I guess you can't look at people in this league right now. I don't feel fair. As a unit we work too hard – the coaches work too hard, the players work too hard, the staff work too hard – to prepare for each game and let the game come down to referees and free throws, I don't think it's fair. I think we deserved better, I think the fans deserved better, and the people who paid hard to win their money to watch us play, and both teams, I think they deserved better. "
After the match, Austin Rivers said he didn't do it." I think his dad will hold him against him.
"No, he will not be upset," said the guard. " He has been thrown away many times before and I am sure he will be thrown one or two more times. I mean, I just saw it coming. You can see where the game is going. The game was pretty much won at that point. It just happened quickly.
"I was just trying to get him to become a technician. It really could be someone I would do it with, but it was him and it became that. So yeah, that's right. "
Tim McMahon of ESPN contributed to this report.