Tuesday night’s Game 5 between the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder was both thrilling and marred by controversy. With time winding down, the refs awarded the ball to OKC after it had appeared to deflect out of bounds off of the Thunder’s Reggie Jackson. For video of the controversial play and reaction from Doc Rivers, click here.
After the game, NBA crew chief Tony Brothers was asked to clarify the crews’ decision to return the ball to the Thunder and not the Clippers. Brothers had the following statement:
“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.”
With the help of the call, Oklahoma City won the game, 105-104, and took a 3-2 lead in the series.
[via Marc J. Spears]