Clippers forward Sam Dekker had some wise words for a team looking for any sort of positivity. Following the 126-107 loss to the Utah Jazz Thursday, a game in which the Clippers played without four of their five starters, Dekker urged his teammates to stay calm.
“The worst thing you can do is freak out,” Dekker said.
To each their own, though, as Austin Rivers was already on the other side of that spectrum, barking at a fan during the loss to Utah.
“I was just mad we were down 20, man,” Rivers said afterwards. “Somebody said something. Obviously, I put my emotions, I put everything into my game. He didn’t even say anything about me. He was talking about our team in general and I just took it personally.”
Rivers apologized to the fan after the game.
“He was talking (stuff) about the team,” Rivers added. “Come on, man. He was cheering the first half. The second half he was talking about Steve Ballmer, Doc (Rivers) and D.J. (DeAndre Jordan), saying demeaning stuff to other teammates, saying ‘Austin, D.J., y’all need help.’ You don’t say (stuff) like that. I don’t like that, you know what I mean? I like fans who die with you. We have a lot of good ones. Tonight, we had some that chose to say things. That’s fine. That’s not a problem. It is what it is. Every team has that. That didn’t bother me.”
Dekker, though, continued to put things into perspective.
“We have four starters out,” Dekker said. “That’s weird. That doesn’t happen much. We have a team that can do a lot. We have a team that added depth for a reason. It’s not all super-household names, but we have guys who have played in this league before.”