Report: ‘Loud Commotion’ in Clippers Locker Room Following Loss to Raptors (UPDATE)

Frustrations are reaching a high in Lob City. Today, after the Clippers lost to the Raptors 91-80 at home—a game in which the home team scored just 34 points in the first half and were down as much as 29—there was reportedly a “loud commotion” coming from LA’s locker room. Now, that could be just about anything, and no one was talking about it afterwards, but still, not something you want to hear. Clearly, there is something off chemistry-wise with the Clippers.

From Dan Woike of the OC Register:

UPDATE: According to Woike’s post-game story, sounds like it was Josh Smith and an unidentified Clippers coach who went at it in the locker room. Check it:

Josh Smith and an unspecified Clipper coach were involved in a frustration-fueled argument following the Clippers’ 91-80 loss to Toronto Sunday.


Profanities and yelling made their way through the cement walls separating the Clipper locker room from an adjacent room where the media was waiting to speak to head coach Doc Rivers.


Rivers and Clipper players didn’t offer details on the incident.


“It’s (like any) locker room after you lose and play like that. Guys are upset,” Rivers said. “That’s about it.”


J.J. Redick jokingly classified the scene inside the locker room as “loud noises,” though it’s clear the team’s upset after falling below .500 with their seventh loss in their last nine games.


“It’s because we’re losing,” Redick said. “Things happen during the game, and your frustration level increases or decreases based on the final result. It’s a level of toleration you have either with yourself of other people. …The end result dictates your mindset.”