PORTLAND, Ore. — The
Griffin didn't play in the Clippers' regular-season finale Wednesday night against the
Griffin has been dealing with back spasms that forced him to miss one game.
The NBA rules state that a player or coach is automatically suspended without pay after he receives his 16th technical of the season.
Griffin's suspension will cost him about $200,000 in lost salary.
Griffin was called for the technical foul for hitting Denver center
Rivers said he was surprised that Griffin didn't get his technical rescinded by the league.
"For us, it didn't matter, basketball-wise," Rivers said. "But financially you lose money and you don't want anybody to have to pay to sit. That's basically what Blake is doing today."
Clippers' T party
Rivers has seen the Clippers get better at handling their emotions this season. But they still have 80 technical fouls, tied with the
With the playoffs about to start Saturday, Rivers wants his team to play with high emotions. But he also doesn't want the Clippers to cross that line and get too many technicals.
"We don't want to have any emotional hijacks where it affects our basketball team," Rivers said. "But I think we're better at it, and we'll find that out. There is more tension and anxiety in the playoffs. But it's more exciting. We'll see."
Closing the TV gap
The Clippers finished the regular season with a 1.27 household rating in Los Angeles — 72,000 households — on Prime Ticket, their closest margin ever in TV ratings versus the
The Lakers were on track to finish with a 2.15 household rating for the season on TWC SportsNet, their lowest rating ever on cable television. They dropped in households from 262,000 to 122,000. The decline is 54% from last season's 4.63 household ratings.
Times staff writer Ben Bolch contributed to this report from Los Angeles.