Last night was a rough night for the Houston Rockets, and it almost didn’t end well for guard Austin Rivers in particular.
Houston blew a 26-point lead in a 117-112 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. They are currently in the fifth spot in the Western Conference playoff standings.
After the game, footage emerged of Rivers confronting a heckling fan in the tunnel. It is unclear when this was taped, either before or after the loss, but Rivers was clearly unhappy with something the man said.
The fan’s comments are also unclear, but Rivers’ anger is not.
He took back his comments to Austin Rivers real quick
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Yikes. Fans are always going to taunt players from the stands, but doing so up close and personal could result in an unpleasant situation.
We’ve seen this happen on more occasions recently, particularly as social media has been around to capture the moments.
Thankfully it doesn’t seem like anything really happened here after Rivers stopped and asked the fan what he said. Things could have been uglier.