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Doc Rivers sends Glen Davis from bench to locker room after emotional outburst

Mar 30, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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The Clippers had a real problem emerge during their win over the shorthanded Rockets on Saturday, and the last thing they needed was another artificially manufactured distraction.

Blake Griffin left the game in the first quarter and did not return after experiencing back spasms, something that could be as simple as a one-game issue or could linger and cause problems the remainder of the season as it has with Kevin Garnett in Brooklyn.

Either way, it’s a scary injury to the team’s best player that is understandably going to weigh on Doc Rivers. He didn’t need Glen Davis showcasing his trademark immaturity with the team trailing by double-digits in the second quarter, so when that happened, Rivers acted quickly by removing Davis altogether.

From Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles:

Los Angeles Clippers forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis was sent back to the team’s locker room by coach Doc Rivers with 10:21 left in the second quarter and missed the rest of Saturday night’s game for disciplinary issues. …

Davis exchanged words with Rivers and was told to sit down. Clippers assistant coach Alvin Gentry attempted to talk to Davis, but Rivers apparently had seen and heard enough and told team security to escort Davis back to the locker room. …

“He was emotional tonight, and we told him to go sit down,” Rivers said. “I just thought he was a distraction, and when guys are a distraction, I don’t think they should be on the bench. If you’re a distraction for anybody on the bench that should be paying attention to the game, then go sit in the back so our guys can watch the game.”

Griffin’s injury could have contributed to Rivers having the quick trigger here, and he insisted afterward that this hadn’t been something that was building with Davis, and was simply an isolated incident.

Rivers coached Davis in Boston for the first four years of his career, so he knew what he was getting into when adding him to the Clippers as a free agent. He may also know the best way to handle his player when these types of things occur, so it’s very possible that this will ultimately turn out to be nothing more than a single game situation.

  1. mnsadsportsfan - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Well after all his nickname is “Big Baby”

  2. zackd2 - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    He’s such a big baby…

  3. chiadam - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    The Clippers best player is Chris Paul.

    • ddpenny - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      if you’re talking about last season, u are correct. but this season, u are wrong.

      • sportsfan18 - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        Chris Paul is still their best player. Griffin is good too, but not at his level.

        Chris Paul began his rookie season in the NBA with his game stepped up to big time level.

        Chris Paul has the 6th HIGHEST career PER of ALL TIME in the NBA.

        He’s ahead of Magic, Bird, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell and oh so many others…

        Paul has the 5th highest PER in the league right now at 26.12

        Griffin has the 9th highest PER in the league right now at 23.88

        Paul has always been good and at this level and so he’s taken for granted. People see Griffin who is younger and they see the dunks and athleticism and go ooh and aah…

        Paul’s PER by season in his career

        Rookie yr 22.1
        2nd yr 22.0
        3rd yr 28.3
        4th yr 30.0
        5th yr 23.7
        6th yr 23.7
        7th yr 27.0
        8th yr 26.4
        this yr 26.1

        Again, he has the 6th highest career PER of ALL TIME in the history of the game. He’s consistent.

        Here are Griffin’s PER by yrs

        Rookie 21.9
        2nd yr 23.4
        3rd yr 22.4
        4th yr 23.8

        Paul was at 28 and 30 for a PER by his 3rd and 4th seasons… Griffin isn’t close to that…

      • adoombray - Mar 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        Correction: The -NBA’s- best player is Chris Paul. The Team Griffin MVP folks are out of thheir mind. Griffin STILL doesn’t have a jump shot.

      • ddpenny - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        CP3 missed a handful of games this season while Griffin played all year and averaged 24 and 10 and the team continues to win. simple as that.

        @sportsfan18 probably you don’t watch the games, u only read.

    • andreboy1 - Mar 30, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      Anyone who still uses PER to distinguish basketball players show their extreme lack of knowledge.

      PER is extremely flawed and once it’s formula was finally released (after being kept secretive) it was found to have huge holes that make it irrelevant.

  4. csbanter - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Doc, Popp, Carlisle, Brooks , the Mount Rushmore of NBA coaches today.

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      No love for Thibs ?

    • savvybynature - Mar 30, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      Yeah Thibs over Brooks all day. Not even close. Agree w the other 3 though.

  5. indyzown - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    What did thibs win ?

    • savvybynature - Mar 30, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      What has Brooks won?

      • pfic15 - Mar 30, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        Thibs would have a ring with OKC by now. Brooks is overrated. Thibs would have put the clamps on Westbrook and his wanna be alpha status by now.

  6. jkirby317 - Mar 30, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Doc put the baby in the playpen.

  7. pharohislife - Mar 30, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Why is there no video of this, the game was on NBATV even.

  8. campcouch - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Glen Davis,a key signing like the Pacers with Andrew Bynum…lol.

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