5. Austin Rivers Calls for Dad to be Ejected
On November 13th, the Houston Rockets played host to the LA Clippers for the first time this season, and the matchup of the Western Conference powerhouses didn’t disappoint. After rushing out to a 31-15 first-quarter lead, the Rockets allowed Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers to make it a tight affair that came down to the final minutes.
With 1:57 remaining in the game, James Harden sank a pair of free throws to give Houston a 92-88 edge, then followed that up with a huge 3-pointer to push the lead to seven with 1:31 left. After the resulting LA timeout, things unraveled for the Clippers and hilarity ensued.
First, Patrick Beverley was given a technical foul that gave the Rockets another point. That technical was only the first of three, however, as Doc Rivers began yelling at the officials as well. Enter his son, Austin Rivers, when this happened:
Austin Rivers really got his dad t’d up and ejected. Y’all thought your Thanksgiving dinners were tense. ??
— theScore (@theScore) November 14, 2019
To the delight of Jeff Van Gundy, Mike Breen and basically everyone watching the game, Austin walked over to the sideline table to encourage NBA official Tony Brothers to give his father a technical, which he ended up doing. Not seeing Doc letting up, Brothers issued him a second technical foul and ejected him from the game.
As his dad was being escorted off the court, Austin could be seen waving and motioning for him to call him later. After the “altercation”, the eight-year guard couldn’t hold back a smile when talking about what happened.
"Doc's gotta keep his cool."
Austin Rivers says that he doubts him and Doc will go to dinner anytime soon ? pic.twitter.com/eeokHkSAuy
— ESPN (@espn) November 14, 2019
While Doc certainly wasn’t amused at the time due to disagreements with some calls, he had no hard feelings for his son after the game, as you would expect. The moment ended up being one of the funniest ejections in a long list of NBA ejections.
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