Thanksgiving inside the Rivers’ household would be very, very interesting.

Towards the closing moments of the game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers, LA coach Doc Rivers came fuming at the referees discussing something that should have been called, or not called. A few seconds later, he was tossed from the game just 91 seconds before it officially ends.

Some may get away with excessive complaining while some get the whistle right away but unfortunately for Doc, he got the latter for technical fouls. Partly to blame is, ironically, his son Austin.


On the post-game interview posted by ESPN, the older Rivers said that he was complaining about the confusion regarding the number of time-outs after he was told by the refs they don’t have one anymore. The time-out was supposed to be credited back and was even seen on the arena and that caused him to vent his frustration to the man in stripes.

“You can’t do that on a four-point game. That could never happen,” Doc Rivers told the media.

When asked if he noticed his son signaling the T-sign to the refs which led to calling it, he cannot help but give the media a smirk. “Yes, he should. Yes, he should. I saw him actually,” replied the former 13-year pro.


On a separate interview, the 27-year old guard said he enjoyed the referee’s decision to toss his dad out. He, however, had doubts about what’s going to happen come Thanksgiving dinner.


Just as you are, Twitter kept flooding us with possible scenes on how would the Rivers’ Thanksgiving dinner would look like once the two crossed paths on the same table.


James Harden led the Rockets with 47 points, seven assists, six rebounds, and three steals to lead the Rockets to their 8th win in 11 games while Kawhi Leonard had 26 points, 12 boards, and 7 dimes in a losing effort for the now 7-4 Clippers.

Doc Rivers Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers calls out to his players at Staples Center on Saturday night. Doug Pensinger / Getty Images Sport