"Welp, it's going to be an awkward Thanksgiving," Austin Rivers tweeted after a contentious game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers concluded with his father, Doc, getting ejected.
Austin, who is a guard for the Rockets, appeared to cheer as he watched his Doc, the Clippers head coach, talk his way into a second technical foul in a 102-93 Rockets victory:
As you can imagine, Austin enjoyed defeating his father's team, and his ejection.
“I knew it was coming. I’ve seen that look before, many times” Austin said about his dad’s ejection. “Once he starts blinking his eyes fast, that’s when I know he’s about to level up. Started telling (referee) Tony (Brothers) to get him and he got him. Get out of here.
Austin, who is in year one of a two-year deal with the Rockets, spent parts of three seasons playing in Los Angeles under his father before being traded to the Washington Wizards in June of 2018.
While much of the attention from Wednesday's game has focused on this viral moment, Austin made just three of 12 shot attempts in 34 minutes. The Rockets won largely because former NBA MVP James Harden had one of the best nights of his career, scoring 47 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out seven assists.
Following the game, Harden's once-again teammate Russell Westbrook took a dig at Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, who guarded Harden for much of the night.
“Pat Bev trick y’all, man. Like he play defense,” Westbrook said. “He don’t guard nobody, man. He’s just running around, doing nothing. As you see what happened, (47 points for James Harden).
With the win, the Rockets are 8-3, slightly better than Kawhi Leonard and the 7-4 Clippers, who were a popular NBA Finals pick before the season. The two teams will meet again on Nov. 22, this time in Los Angeles.