Austin Rivers on Wizards’ 1-5 start: ‘People are laughing at us’

Austin Rivers has not been happy with the Wizards’ poor start.

Washington fell to the Clippers 136-104 Sunday to drop to 1-5 this season. Rivers, who tallied nine points in the loss, discussed the team’s struggles with reporters after the game.

“The road ain’t going to get easier,” Rivers said (via USA Today). “Nobody’s going to feel bad for us. People are laughing at us. We have to play with (urgency).”

Rivers was traded to the Wizards from the Clippers in exchange for Marcin Gortat in late June. He said Washington’s defense has been “horrendous” in the first six games.

“I don’t know how we expect to get wins when they are just walking into the paint, (we are) giving up threes,” Rivers said. “It comes from effort and talking. You have got to have personal pride. You’ve got to get mad when someone scores on you. We are not the Warriors.”

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The 26-year-old guard has averaged eight points and 2.2 assists so far this season. He has shot just 33.3 percent from 3-point range.

The Wizards will return to the court when they face the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

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