May 5, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers reacts to a call in action against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game one of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Doc Rivers on $25K fine: 'I deserved the fine'


Entering Game 6 of Clippers-Thunder, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers is showing no remorse for ripping into the league officials after the Game 5 debacle and after being fined $25,000 by the NBA for doing so, Rivers says he’s fine with it because he earned it.

At this point, Rivers, the Clippers, and everyone wants to move on from all that happened at the end of Game 5 whether you say it’s the Clippers fault or the officials fault that the Thunder walked away the victor.

With elimination on the horizon, the Clippers have more important things to worry about. A win tonight carries them into the Western Conference finals for the first time in the franchise’s tenure and one step closer to their goal of winning a NBA championship, something that would also be a first for the Clippers. But a lost carries them into an offseason where they’ll have ample amount of time to reminisce on how they blew taking a lead against the best duo in the NBA.

But Rivers is right. He deserved the fine. He ripped into the league when the league’s system that’s meant to protect the players failed him, but now that’s in the past. His teams postseason is on the line and that’s a far more important issue.


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