CLEVELAND, Sporting Alert – The Los Angeles Clippers will try to snap a three-game losing streak when they visit defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.
Watch the game, which tips-off at 8:00 pm ET, live on TNT, TNT Overtime and Watch TNT.
The Clippers (14-5) have dropped three in a row and are coming off a surprised 127-122 double-overtime defeat against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.
Cleveland (13-3) also lost by 17 points to the Bucks on Tuesday and will be hoping to bounce back against a team that could very well feature in the NBA finals.
CLIPPERS DEFEAT TO NETS
Tuesday night’s game saw Los Angeles starting without star forward Blake Griffin, who was rested, and ended with head coach Doc Rivers being thrown out near the end of the first overtime for being too aggressive towards referee Ken Mauer.
There was no doubt the experienced coach was very upset about something but was he mad at the officials or his own team?
The Clippers went into the clash with the Nets as heavy favourites, but blew an 18-point lead and got ripped into.
Rivers revealed that he felt his players didn’t show Brooklyn enough respect when they were leading and got punished.
BASKETBALL GODS PUNISHED US – RIVERS
“We lost our respect for the game,” he said. “I thought we lost our humility. I thought we were playing great, we got up, we got cool, we stopped moving the ball, we went showtime, and I think when that happens you deserve to lose the game.
“I really do. I think champions have humility throughout the game, and I thought we lost that as a group.
“We started turning the ball over, we stopped defending as hard because we were up. We were more concerned about getting the ball back so we could try to go score.”
Rivers also added he felt his dismissal from the sideline was wrongful.
“It was an awful tech,” he said. “Honestly, I think you guys know why the tech was called.
“The official who had nothing to do with the play thought I was yelling at Lauren, and I wasn’t.”
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers head into this home matchup looking for an immediate reply after they had a four-game winning streak snapped by the Milwaukee Bucks, who stunned the defending champs 118-101.
“They played harder than we did,” Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said after the game.
The other game streaming live on TNT, TNT Overtime and Watch TNT on Thursday night is the battle between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena.
Golden State (16-2) is cruising on a 12-game winning streak and will be hunting a 13th straight against the Rockets (11-7), who were beaten 120-101 on Tuesday by the Utah Jazz.
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Los Angeles Clippers at Cleveland Cavaliers 8:00 PM TNT
Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors 10:30 PM TNT