General manager Dave Wohl suggested Doc sign Austin before the start of last season, but Doc waivered. The Clippers instead signed Jordan Farmar, who they would later release before trading for Austin at the trade deadline.
“It was a gamble for me personally,” Doc Rivers said. “It was just a tough one for me. I was on the other side of not wanting to do it, and I’m glad I listened to people for a change. I wasn’t so stubborn. I give Dave Wohl credit, before the season started and we signed Jordan or anyone, he wanted that to happen and I didn’t hear any of that.
“In retrospect, it would have been nice to have him the whole year. It would have been better. That was a mistake. I probably should have.”
Austin showcased his potential in the Clippers' playoff loss to the
He opened enough eyes that his dad is hoping he takes a discount to stay with the organization, he even threatened to call his mother.
“He's young and he clearly helped us, I think we all have to agree with that,” Doc Rivers said. “And I think he loved it here. I even think he liked the coach at times.
“You know, it'll be interesting. I really want him back and I think it would be great to have him back, and I think he's a great fit for this team. But business is business and it'll be an interesting thing this summer.”
Rivers scored eight points 3 of 11 shooting, including 1 of 5 from downtown, and 1 of 2 from the free throw line in a 124-103 Game 3 defeat.
Rivers shot 9 of 10 from the floor whiling playing a total of 19 minutes.
Crawford suffered a right calf contusion during Monday's contest. Guard
The Clippers are pick 'em against the Blazers.
It was just Rivers third double-digit scoring game in his last seven games and first in his last four. He added three steals, two assists and one rebound to his totals in 26 minutes of action.
"His confidence has grown since he's been here," coach Doc Rivers said. "The guys have been so supportive because they know what he can do offensively. He got on the team with his defense."
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