Rivers hoping for 'packed' Staples Center

Rivers hoping for 'packed' Staples Center

<p>Don't count Doc Rivers among the people who think Los Angeles Clippers fans should boycott Tuesday's game against the Golden State Warriors.</p>

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Don't count Doc Rivers among the people who think Los Angeles Clippers fans should boycott Tuesday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

The Clippers coach said Monday he hopes fans pack the house for Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinal series.

"We want to make the right decisions here," Rivers said in a statement Monday in his latest comments on the controversy surrounding the racially charged language allegedly used by Clippers owner Donald Sterling in an audio tape that surfaced over the weekend.

Warriors coach Mark Jackson said Monday the "loudest statement" fans could make against Sterling would be to stay at home.

"I believe if it was me, I wouldn't come to the game," Jackson said.

But Rivers, who has declined a chance to speak to Sterling, was hoping fans would come out to support the players.

"We know that fans are in a dilemma as well," he said. "We want them to cheer for their players and their team. It will always be their players and their team.

"From the fans that I have heard from, that's how they feel: 'This is my team. These are my players that I'm cheering for and that's not going to change.' I hope Staples Center is packed and people are cheering for the players. The players are now in the middle of this, and they have to deal with it.

Rivers said the longer the team keeps winning, the longer the subject will be in the spotlight.

"I believe that is good. If we want to make a statement -- I believe that is how we have to do it," he said. "I think that is the right way to do it, but that doesn't mean we still don't wrestle with it every day and every moment. That is the difficult part."

"We are all doing our best here. Our players are doing their best. There are a lot of people involved in this. From one man's comments, a lot of people have been affected and the conversations that we're all having do need to be had."

The NBA will make an announcement Tuesday regarding its investigation into the audio published Friday by TMZ.com. Deadspin on Sunday posted what it said was a longer version of the same conversation purported to be between Sterling and his girlfriend in which the Clippers owner asks her not to bring black people to the arena.

Sterling did not attend Game 4 on Sunday in Oakland, a 118-97 Warriors victory that tied the series.

The Clippers staged a silent protest before the game by wearing their pregame shirts inside-out with the team's logo out of sight.

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