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Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw Has Supportive Voice in Clippers’ Doc Rivers

Clippers head coach gives unprompted praise to Dodgers pitcher.

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GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers poses for a portrait during photo day at Camelback Ranch on February 20, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Wednesday was a rough night for Clayton Kershaw, to put it lightly. The Dodgers veteran blew a 3-1 lead on back-to-back pitches that left the yard before being promptly pulled by Dave Roberts. The Dodgers ended up losing in extra innings on a grand slam, and with it, their season was over.

It was the latest of several postseason mishaps for Kershaw throughout his career, and Dodger fans held nothing back in letting out their anger.

Among all the negativity though, Kershaw found some solace in Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, who gave his support to the pitcher unprompted during his media availability on Thursday. He proclaimed that he has never felt worse for a guy than the future Hall of Famer, and that he feels sorry for “whoever already jumped the bandwagon, but that was awful to see because he’s one of the greatest pitchers, he really is, of all-time.”

“That’s when you really appreciate these guys,” Rivers continued. “They put it on the line, they know the risk. They know it could go bad and when it does, it does. That reminded me of it again.”

Rivers ended his comment saying that even though he is a White Sox fan, he would take Kershaw and that he was still rooting for the Dodgers.

“It was just a really tough one,” Rivers said.

The Clippers are no strangers to playoff disappointments as well, so maybe there is some relatability in that sense. Regardless, you have to applaud Doc for showing empathy to someone while they’re down. This should serve as a reminder of just how brutal fans can be, and that professional athletes are human beings too.

Written by Andres Soto

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  1. I can appreciate the support for Kershaw and the winners want the ball mantra but, even HOF’ers need to know and do what’s best for the team when they know they aren’t up to the standard expected. Kershaw knows his postseason play is of historic bad and should have told Roberts he isn’t the guy for the spot.

  2. Hahahahaha the Clippers know all about annual choking how embarrassing to be consoled by the clippers coach

  3. Frankly speaking, Kershaw is not the undisputed #1 pitcher in baseball anymore. Hasn’t been since 2017. But he is still top 10 in NL. That being said, it is Roberts’ responsibility for the 2 homer outburst. He should have had a fresh arm. Clayton has always had 1st inning woes in his career. And late inning or not, for Clayton, it was inning #1. AND– a righty led off the eighth. So you bring in a righty to face Rendon. Simple. And then a lefty for Soto. Simple. Manage for the short game in the late innings. If the 2 MVP candidates get homers in that case, you at least played your best hand. And then later with Kelly, same thing. He got his inning. Or yank him after the first baserunner the next inning. Simple. We may have won that game.

  4. Doc Rivers. the most overrated coach maybe ever in the NBA. Had 3 All Stars at thrie peak in CP3 Griffin and Deandre and completely underachieved. Kershaw just doean’t have it in the post season. I have always supported him but 2 pitches and back to back home runs, well that’s hard to do even in Home run derby.

  5. Alright people enough is enough we all know that this went all wrong towards the pitching of the game of Clayton Kershaw okay. Y’all all know that we DON’T WANT him dead for just a lousy game of just 1 year too. He is feeling guilty as it is let him be. God taught us ALL in this WORLD to FORGIVE and NOT to wish anything bad on him. And God does NOT WANT EVERYONE to WISH HIM BAD ti him OR to MAKE FUN and GAMES of him too. And besides this all isn’t his fault okay had all of you ever thought too of his LOUSY COACH Dave Robert’s? Think about that and the coach. God forgive you all for what y’all are creating of Clayton Kershaw Forgive and forget the year will be over SOON. ??

  6. Alright people enough is enough we all know that this went all wrong towards the pitching of the game of Clayton Kershaw okay. Y’all all know that we DON’T WANT him dead for just a lousy game of just 1 year too. He is feeling guilty as it is let him be. God taught us ALL in this WORLD to FORGIVE and NOT to wish anything bad on him. And God does NOT WANT EVERYONE to WISH HIM BAD ti him OR to MAKE FUN and GAMES of him too. And besides this all isn’t his fault okay had all of you ever thought too of his LOUSY COACH Dave Robert’s? Think about that and the coach. God forgive you all for what y’all are creating of Clayton Kershaw Forgive and forget the year will be over SOON. ??

  7. A true Dodger fan would never run over a Kershaw Jersey, or any other Dodger Jersey. Remember it’s a team effort. What happened to Bellenger,Seager,Pederson,Pollock,and Taylor when we needed them on offense. There bats were silent.

  8. First Doc is a choker so I guess that is what we should expect from Clippers this season. He is asking for empathy ahead of time. Kershaw needs to go see a sport Psychologist if he plan to play any longer. It is like saying someone is a great student but he only flunks final test. But I agree the biggest person to blame is the coach. He has been the cause of everyone of Dodgers failures. He is like the old Buffalo coach. Always the bridesmaid never the bride. GET RIDE OF THE COACH.

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