Doc Rivers calls out his Clippers team
The Los Angeles Clippers are off to a 13-8 start which isn’t bad, but coach Doc Rivers has noticed a trend with his team that he doesn’t like. Rivers feels that his team often times pouts when things don’t go their way. Last night was a perfect example as the Clippers lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 88-82, in which Rivers noticed his team doing too much pouting. This prompted Rivers to call his team out for not only pouting but saying his Clippers are not where they need to be “maturity-wise.”
Via ESPN LA:
“We did a lot of pouting in the game,” Rivers said Saturday. “You can’t play that way. You have to keep playing. I always call them emotional hijacks, and we had a lot of that going on. That happens, but you have to be able to pull yourself out of it individually or as a group, and I don’t think we did a good job of that.”
“When we become a good team, if we become a good team, it will be because we miss 30 shots in a row and you wouldn’t know it,” Rivers said. “We just keep playing. You get some bad calls on you and you just keep playing. Right now we’re not at that point maturity-wise. When we go bad, we start thinking bad. That’s an area we have to grow in. …You can preach it but it’s a habit and you have to get over it. There’s been times where we’ve fought it and did good job, and this is one of those nights where we didn’t.”
This isn’t the first time the Clippers have been called out for their immaturity. They have become a punch-line for many NBA analysts who have questioned their softness as well. Maybe this will be a wake up call for the Clippers having their own coach question them. Doc Rivers is right in that the Clippers need to improve their maturity and mental toughness if they are going to become a very good team. The Clippers play next Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers.