Austin Rivers refers to lopsided loss to Cavaliers as ’embarrassing’

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after dunking against the Clippers on Sunday at Staples Center.
(Photo by Stephen Carr / Staff)

LeBron James of the Cavaliers celebrates during his team’s 114-90 victory over the Clippers on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center/Staff photo by Stephen Carr


With their 114-90 victory Sunday over the Clippers at Staples Center, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the season series 2-0. The Cavs are now 5-1 against the Clippers during coach Doc Rivers’ coaching tenure with the Clippers. Moreover, Cleveland is 16-3 against the Clippers since 2006-07, 7-2 at Staples Center.

Reserve guard Austin Rivers, who came to the Clippers in January 2015, can’t stand it.

“(Today’s game) is embarrassing,” the younger Rivers said post-game. “There is no other way to put it; it is embarrassing. For whatever reason, we have played them and they have given us problems. I do not know what it is that they think they have a mental edge over us. They feel too comfortable playing with us. They are extremely comfortable against us for whatever reason.

“So that has to change if we expect to win a championship. Obviously, that is a lot of steps away. We have to get past first round, second round, third round.”

The Cavs (47-18) are the top team in the East and wouldn’t play the Clippers unless both teams reach the NBA Finals. The Clippers (42-23) are currently fourth in the West.

The Clippers next play Tuesday at San Antonio in the first of a five-game road trip.