Austin Rivers blew his lid out of frustration during the Los Angeles Clippers 111-104 victory against the Sacramento Kings last Wednesday night and was slapped with a $25,000 penalty for flinging a seat cushion into the stands.
In a video from Sports Illustrated which posted the incident online (which was immediately investigated and finalized with a fine by the NBA), the guard’s actions managed to strike a woman who now complains that she is suffering from blurred vision. The unwarranted incident took place which baffled many Kings’ fans took place in the last period with 7:47 minutes remaining in the clock.
Rivers, the son of Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers had a measly performance in their road game inside the Sleep Train Arena. The former 10th overall pick only managed to score 3 points and two rebounds in a playing time of 16 minutes. His limited action matched with his poor performance, which includes he missed all three shots from the field, most likely had him rejoined the bench as instructed by his father.
The former 2011 Naismith Prep Player of the Year hasn’t lived up to the hype ever since he was drafted in New Orleans in 2012. He only managed only an average of 6.8 points and 2.5 assists in his three-year run as a starter with the Pelicans.
Rivers went under his father’s wing due to a three-team trade in January earlier this year. He became the first son to play for his father in NBA history as mentioned by The Times Picayune.
However, despite this seemingly domestic atmosphere in the Clippers’ franchise, the organization has now a roster of talented yet volatile players with Lance Stephenson and Josh Smith sticking together with the 23-year-old Rivers as cited by Bleacher Report.
Fortunately, Rivers could sleep it off as he was just fined and not suspended for the incident. It ultimately will put veteran point guard Pablo Prigioni deeper in the bench and not see any action.
The Clippers will host the Dallas Mavericks today, Thursday, 10:30 pm.
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