Clippers' Doc Rivers: Sterling Scandal Not Why We Lost

“I don't think that was why we didn't win. I don't think we should use that as an excuse.”

After a tumultuous few weeks, the LA Clippers season has come to an abrupt close with its 104-98 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday, ending one of the Clippers' most successful runs in years.

Despite the cloud of controversy engulfing the team, however, in a post-game interview Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said the team’s ouster from the NBA playoffs was not a result of the Sterling controversy:

We've gone through a lot of stuff over the last three or four weeks. I don't think that was why we didn't win. I don't think we should use that as an excuse. We're a team in process. I believe we were good enough to win it this year. Oklahoma City told us we were not.

The Sterling plot thickened this week as the embattled owner refused to pay the $2.5 million fine for his comments and threatened to sue the NBA for violating his due process rights. 

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