Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers was seen Wednesday night urging referees to provide their father, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, with a technical foul during their game.
The moment came with just under two minutes to play, with the Rockets up 96-88. Doc Rivers exploded at the judges and Austin Rivers was seen behind one of the staff members who makes his hands on the T to indicate a technical foul.
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When Doc Rivers did not run up, he received a technical foul from the referee. Austin Rivers was delighted.
"I did it," Austin Rivers told reporters after being asked if he enjoyed his father's technical foul, according to ESPN. "I knew it was coming. I could see him. I've seen it before ̵
Doc Rivers then explained that his fury began with about five minutes to play in the game when he tried to challenge the referee's call outside the boundaries. James Harden seems to have pulled the ball from the Clippers forward, the hand of James Green, before Green confronted Clint Capella.
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Wounded by Capella's game and the Rockets called in waiting time while he was present, according to ESPN. Then the Clippers called out a timeout so they could dispute the call that the ball came out of the Green. Rivers, however, said he was told he was taking more than the time allowed for coaches to ask for a challenge.
Then, when Doc Rivers tried to summon a timeout later in the game, he said that he had been told there was such a time to wait.
During a timeout, Patrick Beverly received a technical foul from the Brothers, and then Rivers received two technical fouls and was thrown out for dispute.
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"The reflexes got fucked up," Doc River said. "I made a challenge. They actually said that I was right in the challenge, but that I took the 30-second path to call it. Then two reflexes came to me and told me that it meant you were not winning the challenge. But you're back in time. The arena actually puts 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 went to me and told me, told all our assistants and told our players. "
The brothers told a pool reporter that Rivers was informed that he would not be ordered a timeout for the challenge.
However, Austin Rivers was still quite happy about the technical issues.
"I was just trying to help with the situation," he said jokingly. "Listen, guys, I never like to escalate anything. You don't know me about that. I have always been a peacemaker. It's only 100 percent Doc has to keep his cool. "
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Better yet for Austin Rivers, the Rockets went on to win, 102-93.