Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers clarified his comments about luck and the Warriors’ championship run.
“No, I don’t think the Warriors were lucky to win,” Rivers told reporters in Shenzhen, China on Saturday. “I think they deserved to win. I wish we could have played them – or the Spurs (could have played the Warriors) – but they still were the best team. They earned it.”
Los Angeles Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers yells at referee during their game against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of their Western Conference NBA playoff game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)[/caption]
Rivers, in comments published Tuesday in Grantland, made reference to the Warriors not having to face in the Western Conference finals the Clippers, who were eliminated in the semifinals by the Houston Rockets.
“You need luck in the West,” Rivers told the website. “Look at Golden State. They didn’t have to play us or the Spurs. But that’s also a lesson for us: When you have a chance to close, you have to do it.”
Told Rivers said the Warriors got lucky not having to play the Clippers or Spurs, Warriors guard Klay Thompson fired back Friday.
“Didn’t they lose to the Rockets? Exactly,” Thompson said. “Haha. That just makes me laugh. That’s funny. Weren’t they up 3-1, too? Yeah, tell them I said that. That’s funny, man. That’s funny. That’s funny.”