Bad blood between Rockets, Clippers carries over after game
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 16, 2018 05:50 PM
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, and Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul wait for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hot tempers that flared up during the Los Angeles Clippers' victory over the Houston Rockets have carried over after the game.
Several security guards were present outside the Rockets' locker room Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) following a 113-102 loss to the Clippers that got heated on the court. Citing anonymous NBA sources, ESPN reported several Rockets players headed toward the Clippers' locker room afterward, seeking a confrontation, but were escorted away by security before anything got physical.
Houston Rockets’ players James Harden, Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green pushed into Clippers locker room post-game looking to confront Austin Rivers, league sources tell ESPN. Security escorted Rockets out before anything turned physical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 16, 2018
Chris Paul, James Harden, Gerald Green and Trevor Ariza did go through the back hallway that leads to the Clippers locker room. Got stopped before actually getting in.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) January 16, 2018
Blake Griffin on what happened after the game: "We were where we were supposed to be after the game... You have to ask them."— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) January 16, 2018
I'm hearing they came into the Clippers training room. It was bad. https://t.co/4CmoGN57Ka— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) January 16, 2018
Sources: As the four Rockets marched through the back hallway into the Clippers locker room, center Clint Capela knocked on the front door of Clippers entrance. Someone opened door, saw him standing there -- and shut it on him.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 16, 2018
Asked about it, Clippers coach Doc Rivers would only say his team was in its own locker room. "Their entire team was not in their locker room," he said, referring to the Rockets.
Walking into his postgame interview, Rivers joked, "We're honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we're non-violent."
Asked if there was a postgame confrontation, Rockets guard and former Clippers star Chris Paul dodged the question.