The NBA world is up in arms over the wild ending to tonight’s Game 5 match up between the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder. Following a controversial out of bounds call, Clippers guard Chris Paul fouled Russell Westbrook of the Thunder on a three-point attempt that allowed Westbrook to give the Thunder the lead and the win.
While many are busy blaming the referees for the Clippers’ loss, it is hard to ignore the fact that the Clippers blew a double-digit lead in the final moments.
The referees make an easy scapegoat, but the Clippers deserve some of the blame and Los Angeles star Blake Griffin is one of the people who seems to understand just that.
“I did feel it went off them. But we can’t blame the officiating. We put ourselves into that hole,” Griffin said following the game, via Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.
Griffin is being the voice of reason.
It may be hard for the Clippers to bounce back from such a heart-breaking loss, but their is still plenty of basketball left to play in the series and they have to make sure they keep their focus on the goal and not let the team’s latest controversy overwhelm and distract them.