As though losing Game 7 to the Houston Rockets wasn’t heartbreaking enough Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Austin River has now been grounded for the summer by his father and head coach Doc Rivers.
“Yeah, I grounded him.” said Doc on Monday after his son Austin produced just two points on Sunday in 15 minutes and had a turnover and four personal fouls. “I told him that his performance on the court was unacceptable and that this hurts right now but it will pay off for him in the long run.”
Included in the ban is all video game time, all cell phone usage, and no playing outside until September.
“I hate him! I hate him! I hate him! I hate him!” sobbed Austin when asked about his punishment. “I’m going to tell mom!”
Rivers struggled down the stretch in the series against Houston logging just 15 points on 23 shots over the final three games.
“He has to learn.” said Doc. “He has to learn.”