Los Angeles Clippers head coach, Doc Rivers, has expressed his disappointment regarding the scheduling of his team’s game against the Toronto Raptors.
On Saturday, Rivers’s team was able to win against the Detroit Pistons, 111-101, at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
Then, on Sunday, the Clippers had to fly to Toronto, Canada in less than 24 hours to face the Raptors in the Canadian city’s Scotiabank Arena.
The rested and prepared Raptors easily defeated the obviously exhausted Los Angeles team, 121-103.
Scoring 18 points, Kawhi Leonard impressively pounced the Clippers. The Raptors small forward is posting career numbers, averaging 27.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 3.2 assists.
Moreover, Serge Ibaka contributed 16 points and 12 rebounds. The Raptors center has had a career-best six consecutive double-doubles.
This marks the longest streak for Toronto since Raptors center Chris Bosh possessed eight roughly a decade ago.
Pascal Siakam, the power forward from Cameroon, contributed 15 points and four rebounds for the Raptors.
The six-foot-nine inches tall power forward is shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. Siakam is averaging career bests of 15.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.
Meanwhile, Raptors shooting guard C. J. Miles also added 15 points to uplift the team while point guard Delon Wright chipped in with 14 points.
As the Raptors earned their tenth win in their latest 11 home basketball matches, Rivers, on the other hand, described the game as a “ridiculous back-to-back.”
The Clippers head coach remarked that he does not usually grumble about the schedule of the games given to his team.
However, Rivers complained that Sunday’s schedule had given the Raptors an unfair advantage. He said that this should not be the case.
Held in Toronto, the Clippers coach cited that his team was, apparently, very tired already after just finishing the game against the Pistons in Detroit which he pointed out was “in another country.”
To help lift the Los Angeles team, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 19 points. Adding to the efforts of the Clippers point guard was 18 points contributed by shooting guard, Lou Williams.
On Tuesday, February 5, the LA Clippers will face the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
On the same day, the Toronto Raptors will face-off against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.