Austin Rivers says Jamal Crawford is the best team-mate he's ever had

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Emotions have been running high in Los Angeles since Chris Paul and Blake Griffin saw their playoff campaigns come to a premature end in game four of the series with the Portland Trail Blazers. 

The shorthanded Clippers were eliminated after losing games five and six but put in a valiant effort in Portland without the presence of their two superstar talents. 

Austin Rivers posted 21 points despite needing 11 stitches to close up a gash around his left eye following an elbow for Al-Farouq Aminu early on.

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Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford also dropped 32 points but it proved to be in vain as the Blazers advanced to face the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semi-finals. 

The elimination was tough for everyone within the organisation to take and during a recent press conference, the coach's son was visibly emotional when talking about his team-mate.

Choking up, Rivers said: “He’s the best team-mate I’ve ever had, man. A lot of people doubted me when I came to L.A. a year ago. People thought I was just getting a chance because of my father. Jamal believed in me, man.”

The guard proved his fighting spirit during game six and silenced a lot of the people who were doubting his ability. 

Of course, it can't hurt to have an NBA head coach as a father, but the 23-year-old is a player in his own right and deserved the opportunity afforded to him by the Clippers. 

He currently has a player option on his deal in the City of Angels.

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