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Matt Barnes takes shots at Doc, Austin Rivers

Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes does not appear to look back too fondly on his time with at least a couple of members of the LA Clippers organization.

Appearing this week on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio, Barnes took some shots at Clippers coach Doc Rivers and his son Clippers guard Austin Rivers.

“To see them go after Austin isn’t surprising,” said the retired swingman, in reference to the postgame melee between the Clippers and the Rockets on Monday. “Austin kinda rubs dudes the wrong way, talks a lot of trash, and doesn’t really back it up. So I think people are probably tired of that.

“He’s just very arrogant,” Barnes added of Austin. “Hearing guys talk around the league and seeing guys that had a problem while I was playing with him, I could see why. He carries himself like he’s a ten-time All-Star, and he’s not. That kind of arrogance rubs guys the wrong way, and if you’re talking trash on top of that, there are some guys in the NBA that it’s not gonna happen.”

Barnes was then asked about Doc and proceeded to throw some more shade.

“Doc played a vital role in, I’d probably say, the demise of the Clippers,” he said. “At the beginning, he did well, but then I think his players started seeing through him. Say one thing, do another thing, do things like give his son a bunch of money, sign his son. As players, that’s the kinda stuff you talk about — from JJ [Redick] to Chris [Paul] to myself, the guys on the team still. You’ve seen the best of the Clippers the way they’re built as they stand now.”

Barnes, who retired this offseason after winning a championship with the Golden State Warriors, was with the Clippers for three seasons from 2012 to 2015 (not counting a brief stint with them back at the start of his NBA career in 2004). Doc was his coach for the last two of those seasons, and Austin was his teammate for the last one.

We recently heard similar comments from another former Clipper who was on the team with the Rivers family, and it seems that this is becoming something of a trend for players once they depart from Lob City.

Report: Austin Rivers day-to-day with Achilles strain

Austin Rivers

The Los Angeles Clippers got relatively good news on Austin Rivers Saturday.

Rivers left Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers with an Achilles injury, but a Saturday MRI came back negative, and the strain is only expected to keep him out on a day-to-day basis, according to Yahoo Sports’s Shams Charania.

The Clippers can’t quite seem to catch a complete break from the injuries, but this is the best news they could have hoped for. They just got Blake Griffin back, and luckily, it sounds like Rivers won’t be a long-term absence.

Austin Rivers to miss Clippers’ next game with concussion

Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers will miss the Los Angeles Clippers’ next game after suffering a concussion on Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic.

Rivers was elbowed in the side of the head by Jonathan Simmons just before halftime and left the game. The Clippers later announced he would not be returning to the game and that he was being tested. The team said after the game that he had suffered a concussion.

Rivers scored nine points in 18 minutes before leaving the game, which the Clippers won 106-95. He’s averaging 14.8 points, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game this season, all career-high marks.

The Clippers are already without Blake Griffin and Patrick Beverley, though they did just get Milos Teodosic back, so they really can’t afford to lose more players.

The Clippers are at Washington on Friday, Miami on Saturday and San Antonio on Monday.

Austin Rivers fined $25K for yelling at fan

Austin Rivers

Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers will find himself a bit lighter in the wallet thanks to his outburst at a fan on Thursday.

The NBA announced Saturday that Rivers was fined $25,000 for his actions in the game against the Utah Jazz, via Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Rivers went off on a fan during Thursday night’s loss, which you can see here (warning: there is inappropriate language). He later explained that he had lost patience with the fan because he was being “fairweather.”

Rivers’ outburst is simply the latest sign of a frustrated team that is not living up to expectations. With Blake Griffin potentially out for a while, that frustration is only going to grow, and big changes could be in store.

Austin Rivers explains why he went off on fan sitting courtside

Austin Rivers

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Austin Rivers decided late in Thursday night’s loss to the Utah Jazz that he had heard enough from a fan sitting courtside, and that led to an ugly verbal exchange. After the game, Rivers explained why he was so upset.

Television cameras captured Rivers telling the fan he was being “disrespectful” and that he should “shut the f— up.” Rivers said the fan didn’t even say anything about him personally, but he felt the need to fire back.

“He was being a fairweather a– fan,” Rivers said, via “He was talking s— about the team, but he was cheering the first half. And then the second half he was talking about Steve Ballmer and Doc (Rivers) and (DeAndre Jordan) and saying demeaning stuff to my other teammates (like), ‘Austin and DJ, y’all need help.’

“I don’t like that. I like fans who ride or die with you, and there’s a lot of good ones here that show up to the game. He was talking s— about the team, not even me.”

You can see the video of the exchange here, but beware that it contains inappropriate language.

Rivers, who scored a season-high 25 points in the game, said he apologized to the fan before leaving the court.

“I went up after the game and apologized to the guy cuz at the end of the day, I’m the professional, he’s not,” Rivers said. “We shook hands and said my bad.”

Professional athletes are supposed to be just that, but they’re also humans. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an NBA player lash out at fans, and it won’t be the last.

Austin Rivers curses out fan in middle of game (Video)

Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers is struggling a bit in his expanded role with the Los Angeles Clippers this season, and it appears his frustrations boiled over during Thursday night’s loss to the Utah Jazz.

With the Clippers trailing by 19 late in the fourth quarter, Rivers heard something from a fan sitting courtside that he simply couldn’t ignore. The point guard walked over to where the fan was sitting and told him he was being “disrespectful.” He also tossed out a four-letter word.

Rivers actually scored 25 points in the game, which was a season high for him. With Chris Paul gone and Blake Griffin expected to miss up to two months because of a knee injury, the Clippers will need Rivers to step up.

As someone who tends to open himself up for criticism by being vocal, you would think Rivers would be used to hearing things from heckling fans. Whatever the gentleman in Utah said apparently pushed him over the edge.

Austin Rivers on Blake Griffin-Chris Paul dynamic: ‘No one knew who the leader was’

The LA Clippers have seen some moderate success to start their first season post-Chris Paul, and guard Austin Rivers thinks that having a clear-cut alpha dog may have something to do with it.

In a feature by Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated that ran on Tuesday, Rivers discussed the dynamic between Paul and Blake Griffin on the Clippers.

“The dynamic with Blake and Chris was weird,” he said. “I don’t know why. It was just strange. No one knew who the leader was, and if you had something to say, it would turn into an argument. I think people were sometimes scared to say something to Blake, because you didn’t know how he’d react.

“[Now] he’s a whole different person, more approachable, and I think it’s because we’ve embraced him,” Rivers continued about Griffin. “We know who our leader is. We’re all-in with Blake Griffin.”

Paul and Griffin were teammates on the Clippers for six seasons, leading the team into a high-flying Lob City era that was characterized by regular season triumphs and postseason failures. Rivers himself came aboard during Year 4 and felt all the ups and downs first-hand, especially when it came to Paul.

But now that Paul has moved on to Houston and Griffin stands alone as the captain steering the Clippers’ ship, the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place more easily in Los Angeles, and the supporting cast can definitely feel it.