Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers was not a happy camper after his team’s Game 5 loss to Oklahoma City. With 11.3 seconds left on the clock, the refs were forced to use replay to determine which team the ball had bounced off of. Following is a look at the controversial play (via @GIFDSports) between the Thunder’s Reggie Jackson and the Clippers’ Matt Barnes. The ball looked as if it had deflected out of bounds off of Jackson, but the refs awarded possession to OKC.
The refs made another questionable call following the review, giving Russell Westbrook three free throws after it appeared that Chris Paul had simply played sound defense. Westbrook hit all three foul shots, giving the Thunder the 105-104 comeback win. Following is a look at the foul on Paul.
After the game, a very frustrated Rivers put the refs and the NBA’s use of replay on blast, saying that the Clippers were “robbed.”
“Let’s take away the replay system. Because that’s our ball, we win the game. And we got robbed because of that call.”
NBA crew chief Tony Brothers had the following response when asked to clarify the out-of-bounds call:
“When the ball goes out of bounds, the ball was awarded to Oklahoma City. We go 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.”