Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers and his son Austin were ejected in the first half of their game against the Houston Rockets on Friday night.
Austin Rivers lightly pushed official J.T. Orr after missing a layup with 6 minutes, 38 seconds to play in the second quarter. Rivers yelled at Orr and waved his arms at him after the ejection and was led off the court by a Clippers employee. When he got to the edge of the court, he tried going back toward the referee and had to be held back by the employee and pulled off the court.
Then, during a timeout, Doc Rivers approached lead official Jason Phillips. Rivers said he was asking why Marreese Speights wasn’t awarded any free throws when a whistle was called on a made basket following Austin Rivers’ missed layup.
“When they threw Austin out for whatever reason, they called an and-1 on that,” Doc Rivers said. “You can see it on the replay, they absolutely called an and-1 and they forgot to give us a free throw. So I called a timeout and said, ‘Hey, you forgot to give us a free throw,’ and they didn’t know what we were talking about. And I said, ‘No, you forgot to give us a free throw. Come on, you guys don’t know what you’re doing,’ and that was it.”