Doc Rivers doesn’t buy theory Dallas’ win over OKC in Game 2 is a wake-up call to his team

Sixth-Man of the Year, Jamal Crawford, and Blake Griffin figure to play roles when the Clippers take on Portland in Game 2 of their playoff series/Associated Press file photo by Christine Cotter


Clippers coach Doc Rivers is never shy about shooting down the theory of a reporter. Take Tuesday. Basically, Rivers was asked if Dallas’ victory over Oklahoma City in Game 2 of their series demonstrates to his players they can’t take anything for granted. OKC had beaten Dallas 108-70 in Game 1 before falling 85-84 in Game 2, both games being played at OKC. The Clippers beat Portland 115-95 in Game 1 Sunday at Staples Center.

“I don’t know if it reaffirms us,” Rivers said. “It should reaffirm Portland, too. I always think people think one-sided all the time: ‘The Dallas win, man, that should be a wake-up call to the Clippers.’ It may be a wake-up call for Portland. So it’s two teams that are always in a series. So I look at it and it probably did nothing. It probably awoke both teams and if you’re not awake in the playoffs, you should lose anyway.”

Game 2 is Wednesday night at 7:30 at Staples Center.