Clippers coach Doc Rivers’ eyes welled and he became choked up before his team played the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 5 of their first-round series. During his pregame availability Wednesday night, Rivers was asked whom he leans on to get through after losing injured stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.
Rivers responded, “I don’t know,” and his dark eyes filled with tears. He paused and put his hand to his face. He told the media that his emotional reaction wasn’t in response to the reporter’s question. The 54-year-old coach mentioned his late mother, Bettye Rivers, saying, “That would have been a person.”
Source: The Associated Press
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