“Everybody knows it was our ball. The bottom line is they thought it was a foul and they made up for it. Let’s take away the replay system. Because that’s our ball, we win the game. And we got robbed because of that call.” said a frustrated Doc Rivers after a controversial game 5 loss to the Thunder who overcame a 13 point deficit with 4 minutes left in the game.
Up by 2 with less than 14 seconds in the game, the Clipper turned the ball over which led to a drive to the basket by Reggie Jackson who Doc thought lost the ball out-of-bounds. The refs said it was “inconclusive” so they awarded the ball to the Thunder who ended up getting 3 free throws after Chris Paul fouled(?) Westbrook on a 3 with 6 seconds left.
NBA crew chief Tony Brothers explained the controversial call after the game.
“When the ball goes out of bounds, the ball was awarded to Oklahoma City,” he said. “We go to review the play. We saw two replays. The two replays we saw were from the overhead camera showing down and the one from under the basket showing the same angle but from a different view. And from those two replays, it was inconclusive as to who the ball went out of bounds off of. When it’s inconclusive, we have to go with the call that was on the floor.”
You can expect Coach Doc Rivers to get hit with a fine after criticizing the refs during his post-game press conference.
“The same thing happened to us in the Golden State series where they tried to reverse the call. They didn’t even want to look at the replay because they knew it was a foul. And then they had to look at the replay and they had to go by what it said. … The official on that play knew that he hadn’t seen the foul. … We did a lot of stuff to lose the game ourselves. But at the end of the day, we have a replay system that you’re supposed to look at. And I don’t want to hear that they didn’t have that replay. That’s a bunch of crap.”