Blake Griffin sits out Clippers' loss in Brooklyn to rest

LA Clippers v Brooklyn Nets

Upon getting ejected from the Brooklyn game for receiving two technical fouls in the first overtime of the loss, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he indeed had a conversation with the National Basketball Association league office about his behavior.

"The first half I played terrible" said Kilpatrick, who iced it with a clutch and-one as he slipped past Chris Paul and hit the shot with DeAndre Joran all over him.

"If you play hard and play the right way, I believe in the basketball gods rewarding you", J.J. Redick said.

Rivers said they weren't even arguing, and that Holtkamp had agreed with what Rivers said.

Mauer said crossing over midcourt was an automatic technical and the second was for language and behavior. Rivers was ejected after receiving two technical fouls. He can score some buckets, keep things close, and let the big guns get some rest.

Paul hit a last-second 3 to send the game to the first overtime, and Jamal Crawford equaled the heroics to push the game to a second one after a freaky sequence that ended with Doc Rivers storming off the floor. "I actually thought I was happy for 90 percent of the game, and they catch the one bad moment". Head coach Tyronn Lue benched his starters during that loss, and star forward LeBron James ($9,700) didn't have the level of influence on the game we've come to expect from him.

The Clippers started the game without Blake Griffin, ended it without Rivers and dropped their third straight game by coughing up an 18-point lead while not showing enough respect for the game in their coach's mind. "But, I'm all right with it, honestly, because I think you deserve it when you do that".

They got the opposite of a good break just a second later when Brandon Bass was called for a foul on Kilpatrick.

"I thought it was an terrible tech", Rivers said after the game. Rivers was out of the coaching box against the Nets when he was whistled for the first technical foul.

Rivers says Paul Pierce, who has appeared in just two games this season, would start in place of Griffin, who averages 21.1 points and 8.7 rebounds. Then Los Angeles couldn't apply the finish and wound up with its third straight loss, which infuriated Rivers more than the technical. I never read why they fined me. You want to gradually get better as the season goes on and then reach your peak later on. My goodness. But if we're being honest, Rivers probably should put some of that rage toward his team for losing to the lowly Nets.

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