HOUSTON – Clue's coach Cl Rivers has been ejected for arguing with the Tony Brothers in half court Wednesday while his son, Rocket guard Austin Rivers, laughed and signed for officers to give his father a technical foul.  As Doc Rivers walks from the floor to the locker room, Austin Rivers appears to fully enjoy the moment, celebrated by waving Houston fans to cheer up before telling his father to call him by pretending to hold a phone in his ear. . The comical Rivers father-son moment came with 1 minute, 31 seconds left in the fourth quarter of the Rockets' 102-93 victory over the Clippers.
Later, Austin Rivers tweeted, "Welp …. Thanksgiving is going to be weird …."
Welp …. gratitude will be weird ….
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"I did," said the Houston guard, smiling, when asked if he enjoyed two technical fouls with his father. "I knew it was coming. I saw it. I've seen that look – many times. When he starts flashing his eyes quickly, and he starts [imitates Doc getting mad] that's when I know he's near the level. So I'm not just starting to tell Tony to pick him up. They've got him, he's not here anymore. "
The Clippers head coach explained that his ejaculation followed a strange situation involving the new rule. of the coach's challenge. Clippers forward JaMychal Green was driving to the basket when the ball disappeared. It appears Rockets guard James Harden is catching the ball in Green's hands. Green then collided with Houston center Clint Capela, who lay on the floor minutes before heading to the locker room. Capela was checked for a concussion after the game.
After calling the Rockets in time while Kapela was in attendance, the Clippers called for an hour to challenge the call as the ball left Green for a turnover with 4:35 left in the game.
Doc Rivers says that two officers told him that even though his challenge was right, it took him more than the allotted time to officially ask for a challenge. That's when the confusion set in for the Clippers.
Austin Rivers says he enjoys calling for his dad's technical foul and says he doubts he and Doc Rivers will go to dinner anytime soon. immediately.  "The refs screwed up," Rivers said. "I was doing a challenge. They actually said I was in the challenge, but it took me 30-second hours to call it. So don't the two refs walk up to me and tell me that means you won't win the challenge .But you bring back your time. The arena really gave extra time to back up the board. So we think we have two timeouts. I think [we have two timeouts] because the two refs really walked in me and told me, told all our assistants and told our players. "
When Rivers called for an hour later in the game, with the Clippers seven with 1:31 remaining, he said to him that those brothers had informed him of his final hour. Rivers then went to half court to tell the brothers that other officers had told him he had two left before apologizing (Tony Brown and Derek Richardson) from where they had stood to confirm with those Brother – to not
At that time, Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, who had been foul out, was given a technical foul. Rivers was then given two technical fouls and ejected. Harden made three technical free throws to push the Rockets' lead to 10.
The brothers told a pool reporter after the game that he actually told Rivers that he could not check his playing time. repeating the previous challenge.
"After it was determined that the Clippers could not challenge the play, they did not properly know that they could maintain their time," the brothers explained. "After [Rivers] he was told he had lost time in that challenge, as you would expect, he was angry, and gave him a chance to try to get his understanding, but that didn't happen.
" He get off the floor when we want to start playing. She was given a technical foul. The first, he says, 'I don't care. & # 39; And he continued to stay on the floor, and so didn't give him a second technical and ejected. "
No one seems to be more satisfied than Austin Rivers, who got a good laugh at his father's expense.
" I'm just trying to help the situation, "Austin Rivers deadpanned." Listen, guys, I don't want to raise anything. I don't know Y 'all for that. I've always been a peacemaker. That's just 100 percent of Doc's to keep her cool. "
When asked if it would make things around the holidays awkward, the Rockets' guard replied," I doubt we will go to dinner or anything like that. "
" He's very sensitive to such things, so we'll see what happens, "the younger Rivers." I love her. It was a good moment, though. I enjoyed it a lot. I'm not going to lie to you: I'm really glad. It's fun. "
Nothing seemed hard to feel on the part of the older Rivers & # 39 ;, as Doc responded to his son's Instagram moment with a" hilarious …. You're loved. "19659023] @austinjrivers
Doc Rivers says he noticed his son calling him to get a technical foul, which he" should "and" doesn't care about. "
The measured head coach is measured frustration focused on the officers.
"Now, listen, I would have been fine if they had told me," Rivers said to have only one timeout instead of two. "But the officers couldn't tell me I reclaim my time. then I use it and then tell me after the fact, you are not here. … Those mistakes can't happen. What struck me most was the two officers who told me they ran away. They just let Tony Brothers handle it. I mean, c & # 39; mon. You can't do that. You can't do that in a four-point game. That can't happen. It can never happen.
"There's a lot of grasp on all the games, so I guess they all get tired of us. But when you make a mistake like that, you can't just throw the coach away. mistakes. We belong to us. We don't play good basketball. I have to do a better job on our offense. I own it. They should have it too. "
Si Beverley held firm to foul calls against the Clippers, while Harden went to the line 17 times, three times more than the entire Clippers team.
"I don't think we neglected it," Beverley said. of loss. "I think there are some tough calls that obviously I don't think that's the right call. I'm not here to challenge any referees, but if you watch the tape – the JaMychal Green tip ball comes out of bounds. ., my sixth foul half court, out of bounds, aroused. Kawhi [Leonard] every time he drove, he would not call, no one would call.
"I got a technical which is very foul because I have looked at I think, too long, and I don't think you can look at people in this league right now. I don't think I'm fair. As a unit, we work too – the coaches work hard, the players are tough, the staff is very hard – to prepare for every game, and let a game come down to referees and free throws, not in my opinion, is fair. I think we deserve better, I think fans deserve better, and people who have paid their hard earned money to watch us play, both teams, I think they deserve more, too. great. "
After the game, Austin Rivers says he does. He thinks his dad will handle it against him.
" Nah, he won't hold grudges, "said the guard." thrown several times before, and I'm sure he'll be thrown out a couple or more times. I mean, I just saw it coming. You can see where the game is going. We kind of game really won at that point. It happens fast.
"I was just trying to make him a tech, really. It could be anyone I wanted to do, but it was him, and it turned out to be so. So yeah, it was."
ESPN's Tim MacMahon contributed to this report.