May 11, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers at press conference before game four of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Doc Rivers blames officials for bad call at end of Game 5, questions legitimacy of replay


The series between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder took a controversial turn on Tuesday when a comedy of errors led to the Thunder coming from behind to beat the Clippers and take a 3-2 series lead. But while the thunder now control the series, the final three minutes of Game 5 will be dissected and discussed to no end in the following few days as one particular play seemed to have cost the Clippers the game and possibly the entire series.

On the controversial play, Reggie Jackson appeared to have touched the ball last as it raveled out of bounds but despite a good look at the replay, the officials called the ball for Oklahoma City and not for Los Angeles. This led to a foul call against the Clippers that sent Russell Westbrook to the free throw line to win the game.

Needless to say, Doc Rivers was not tickled and went off in his postgame press conference saying, among other things, that replay should be abolished and the the play may define the series.

We might see a fine coming Rivers’ way for calling out the officials but we may also see them send an apology his way for blowing what seemed to be an obvious call against the Oklahoma City Thunder that ended up changing the outcome of the game.

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers NBA Playoffs Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    Screw you Rivers !!!, you need to call that moron of a point guard out !
    All chis paul had to do was accept the foul with 17sec left… GAME OVER !

    The refs had a Prime Directive, and that was to keep OKC in the game and Still the Clipps had the game in the bag, this lost is only on Chris Paul !
    great game Durant…lol sad excuse for an MVP !

    When the refs missed the foul on OKC, they should have given the Clipps the ball and move on !!!… do not make it worse by giving OKC the ball and then further compounding it by calling the 3 point foul on chris paul…

  • steve

    Kinda obvious the game fixed by the referees

  • emmanuel quiroz

    Maybe the ref’s are working for the mob

  • AJP

    Lebron vs Durant is all the NBA cares about, just a shame OKC has needed so much help in their first two series to get here. I wonder what shady stuff will go on to make sure OKC gets passed San Antonio?