Donald Trump’s Remarks Prompts Clippers to Suspend More Than a Few Players

With a day to deal with President Donald Trump’s remarks over remarks he had made at a rally in Alabama, a struggling Clippers franchise thought it would be wise to take a break after…

Donald Trump’s Remarks Prompts Clippers to Suspend More Than a Few Players

With a day to deal with President Donald Trump’s remarks over remarks he had made at a rally in Alabama, a struggling Clippers franchise thought it would be wise to take a break after playing the night before. So the team re-injured its struggling arms.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers was contemplating resting a number of his stars, like Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, as they got ready to face the surging Chicago Bulls on Friday night. But not every player was comfortable waiting out the President’s remarks, particularly after the Washington Wizards sunk the Clippers at their hands on Thursday.

So Rivers decided to let many of his veterans get away, sitting them out for a part of the second half, but also sitting out some other people on the team, like the injured Danilo Gallinari and Austin Rivers, who was not playing because of a sore left knee.

“If you think there’s a chance we can win today, you keep playing. But I’m sick of all the rhetoric and the fights and the divisiveness,” Rivers said on Friday. “I just didn’t think it was helping.”

The Bulls managed to beat the Clippers 103-86, but the Clippers couldn’t quite sweep their year-opening road trip as their luck ran out against the Bulls.

Omar Lacey, Moe Wagner, Bobby Portis and Denzel Valentine scored in double figures as the Bulls dominated. Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr. and Justin Holiday led the team with 17 points each.

Griffin had 20 points for the Clippers, who had won 13 of their last 17 games coming into Friday.

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