Clippers coach Doc Rivers talked to the media after Game 2.
Q: Tough night for you guys when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook play like that.
A: “Yeah, I thought they did exactly what Scotty Brooks said they would do, so give them credit. He said that they were going to make us feel them, and I thought they did that. I thought they were by far the more physical team. They started with the first play of the game, with (Thabo) Sefolosha getting behind us and bumped us off our spot and we lose balance. Westbrook, six offensive rebounds. They had a good offensive game, but we can win if they both have good offensive games. What we can’t do is then give them that plus everything else, and that’s what happened tonight. They were the tougher team tonight for sure.”
Was the Thunder victory a carryover from the emotion of the Durant MVP announcement?
“No. I knew they were going to come with it, and they should. That’s what they should do. I have no problem with that. They didn’t do anything dirty or anything. They played hard and physical, but you’ve got to do it back. I didn’t think we did it back. I thought weren’t very physical tonight or mentally tough, either.”
How difficult is it when Durant and Westbrook are so focused?
“It’s hard, but you know, that’s why their names are Westbrook and Durant. They’re very good players. I still believe that’s only 63 points (combined for the two). You can still win the game, and we’ve beaten them before when they’ve both had great games. I didn’t like how they scored. It was too easy. I thought we had way too many mental defensive breakdowns. I wasted three timeouts in a row because we said we were going to switch twice, and both times Durant is laying it in. The playoffs are a single-possession game. Every single possession, you have to have great focus and you have to be locked in. Today we were not. I thought it was because of all the clutter. We were upset at the officials, we were upset at everything, instead of turning our anger toward the opponent and focus. Tonight we just didn’t have it, but I’ve got to give them credit. I don’t know if we didn’t have it or they took it from us. I thought they were very good tonight. They were physical, they moved the ball, so give them a lot of credit.”