HoopsHype Austin Rivers rumors


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Technically speaking, the Clippers are among the biggest offenders in the NBA. Matt Barnes, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan rank among the league leaders in technical fouls, which could have ramifications beyond sending the other team to the free-throw line. "At the end of the day they're human too," Austin Rivers said of referees, "so if it's a 50-50 call, do we get it? Probably not right now because they don't like us." Griffin intimated that he came out on the wrong end of a controversial charging call in the final minute of the Clippers' loss to the Houston Rockets on Sunday, though the NBA reviewed the play and said the call was correct. Los Angeles Times

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Although Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett showered each other with praise before Monday's game between the Clippers and Timberwolves, Austin Rivers wasn't as complimentary late in the fourth quarter, when both players received double technicals for jawing at each other. With 3:23 left in the game and the Clippers leading the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-97, Rivers looked like he intentionally bumped Garnett as he walked back to the Clippers bench. Garnett then elbowed him and pointed at him, and Rivers got in Garnett's face before both were given a technical foul. "I thought Austin should have punched him, personally," Doc Rivers said with a smile after the game. ESPN.com

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Dan Woike: Austin Rivers sore left foot is same injury he suffered in TOR. Doc said team might need to sign another guy Twitter @DanWoikeSports

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“If you look at our second unit scoring,” Austin told SheridanHoops, “it wasn’t really that…” Austin didn’t finish the sentence, but the Clips’ bench scoring hasn’t been very good. “That was the first thing that they actually really told me was scoring,” Austin said, referring to the moment when his dad and his front office cohorts mentioned acquiring him. “Right now we have Jamal [Crawford]. All the other guys can hit shots and make plays but we need another scorer in there.” SheridanHoops

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One of the more interesting aspects of the Rivers deal was that he does not currently have an agent, according to the NBA Players Association. Rivers spent his early career with David Falk, who also represents ex-Celtic Jeff Green and current Celtic Jared Sullinger, but he broke ties with the agent. Rivers will become an unrestricted free agent this summer and will spend the next three months trying to increase his marketability. Doc Rivers is also the Clippers’ general manager and has the power to re-sign his son to an extension. How that develops should be fascinating. Boston Globe

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Austin insisted that there's no reason for concern. "If I'm not playing well, he's going to sit me," Austin said. "I'm sitting on the bench. It is what it is. He wants to win. My dad's the type of guy when I was five years old, if we played checkers, he would not let me win. That's just kind of how he is. He's not doing any favors for me. "I've got to earn everything here, and I think the guys know that. If we didn't have the high-character of guys we had here, I don't think we would've made the move. But they're all high-character guys here." USA Today Sports

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