Austin Rivers Attempts to Dunk, Is No Match for the Rim

Bryan Brandom
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At some point, you almost feel bad for Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers.

The former 10th overall pick is one of the bigger draft busts in the last five years, it's pretty widely assumed he only still has a job in the NBA because his own dad signed him to a contract, and the phrase "Here comes Austin Rivers!" is one of the more reliable comedic one-liners in the league's lexicon.

Same series, different (but the same) play.


On Tuesday night, Rivers added another nugget to his oh-so-long lowlight reel.

With a seemingly easy layup against the San Antonio Spurs, Rivers instead opted for an emphatic slam that never came, introducing the ball hard to the outer edge of the rim.

The Clippers ended up losing 108-87, and Rivers knew a lot of the failure was on him.

"Our second unit, we didn't play well tonight," said the reserve guard. "I don't know what to tell you. It's disappointing because obviously everybody in the second unit feels like it's our fault. Whether that's true or not, that's the way we feel."

And here's why we say we almost feel bad for Austin: All three of the above embarrassments could have been avoided if he just accepted his limitations (or if his dad would sit down and explain to him what those limitations are).

Fast break in the Western Conference semifinals? He has to try and punk a defender with a behind-the-back dribble—twice.

Wide open layup in (what was then) a close game with the Spurs? Go for the dunk he can't complete instead.