Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers was not happy with a reporter’s question last night.
The Los Angeles Clippers lost Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference First Round playoff series last night, falling 97-95 to the Utah Jazz on a buzzer-beater by Joe Johnson. The Clips tied the score on a Chris Paul basket with 13 seconds remaining before Johnson’s game-winner.
In the post-game press conference, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers was asked if his team should have let the clock run down more before attempting the tying shot. This would have made it less likely the Jazz would have had a chance to take the final shot.
To us, this isn’t a good question, because this strategy is much easier said than done. What if you run the clock down and Paul misses the shot? That would have been LA’s only chance to tie the game. The main goal in that situation is to score, period.
Doc Rivers agrees, but he was much less diplomatic about the matter. Check out the video of him unloading on the reporter below.
Doc Rivers goes off when he's asked if he considered running the clock down for the final shot down two pic.twitter.com/IGs09Hm4RZ
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The people over at For The Win have the transcription of Rivers, which is as follows:
“Who would do that?,” Rivers asks. “Like, why would you ever do that? So if you miss, the game’s over? That makes no sense. That is like the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. When you’re down two, you try to score. You don’t wait.”
Doc probably let his emotions get the best of him here, but it is understandable given the situation.
Overall, his strategy wasn’t wrong though.