SACRAMENTO — It was almost a throwaway line amid more pressing concerns, but Coach
"He was like, 'Oh, also, we've got to stop that,'"
Technically speaking, the Clippers are among the biggest offenders in the
"At the end of the day they're human too," Austin Rivers said of referees, "so if it's a 50-50 call, do we get it? Probably not right now because they don't like us."
Griffin intimated that he came out on the wrong end of a controversial charging call in the final minute of the Clippers' loss to the
Griffin appeared to direct some harsh words at officials on his way off the court and his teammates continued to feel aggrieved a few days later.
"When it comes down to a call, we're not getting it like you saw against Houston," Rivers said. "Those little calls like that … I mean, that's a terrible call."
Doc Rivers acknowledged his team needed to restrain itself for reasons beyond player-referee relations.
"Forget about the ref part," Rivers said, "I think it allows you to have better focus on your job and I think when you're spending your job on [complaining], there's a chance you're going to miss an ATO [after timeout play] or you're not going to execute properly, maybe not be in the right spot defensively because you lose your focus."
Barnes entered Wednesday with 12 technical fouls, trailing only Oklahoma City's
Austin Rivers, who spent his first 2 1/2 seasons with the
"It's an emotional team, for positive reasons for us, but we take it out sometimes on them, but it's just because we want to win so bad," Rivers said. "We've talked about it. We're just going to focus on playing and leaving them alone."
Griffin's return from an elbow injury appears to have triggered a two-spot drop in the rotation for Spencer Hawes.
Hawes played fewer minutes than reserve forward
Doc Rivers said Davis had earned the increase in minutes by playing perhaps the best defense of his six seasons under Rivers.
"In Boston, he was the king of taking charges," Rivers said. "Last year, he did it but not as much. Now you can see he's back to doing it and that means his feet are moving again."
Said Davis: "I do the small things. That's my thing."