May 13, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Clippers in game five of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder defeated the Clippers 105-104. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Brothers releases statement on controversial out-of-bounds play


Sometime during the afternoon, the NBA will release a statement backing up or criticizing the game officials for a mistake they did or didn’t make in the waning moments of Clippers-Thunders Game 5.

But before they decide to protect their own or throw their own under the bus, referee Tony Brothers has decided to speak out on the referees made the decision to return the ball to the Oklahoma City Thunder’s possession after a controversial player between Matt Barnes and Reggie Jackson.

“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 of. When it’s inconclusive, we have to go with the call that was on the floor”

Everything Brothers chose to speak on is what annoys the majority crowd. When given a chance to step to the sideline, view the playa and call it right, Brothers and the rest of his crew failed to do that. Their outcome, while not being the deciding factor, had a huge hand in 1) how the game finished and 2) how the game will be viewed in the future. Never do we want the referees to have a hand in deciding the outcome in the playoffs.But now the everlasting image of the referees ruining one of the better games we’ve received during the second round of the playoffs will always be connected with refs.

And that’s a bad look for the NBA.

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  • Joseph Lan

    OKC fans keep saying Barnes fouled him. But it sure looked like he got ball first with his fingers. At best, that’s a marginal no-call on the foul.

    Also, no explanation for why Westbrook got 3 game-winning free throws because Chris Paul tickled him. No explanation for why Thunder got +16 more free throws. No explanation for getting DeAndre in foul trouble/fouling on on ticky-tack fouls. No explanation for why Chris Paul didn’t get free throws for being fouled on a reach-in during the final seconds of the game.

  • KhalidX

    Tony Brothers does not need to call any more playoff games.

  • Bobytola

    Tony Brothers is clearly a corrupt referee. He was a significant factor into the Clippers losing that match. I’m not a LA Clippers fan. But, what pisses me off, as well as tens of millions people who watched that match and the replay of that terrible call, is the fact that Tony Brothers keeps insisting/lying that the replays he watched were inconclusive, when everybody, including the OKC Thunders’ fans, could see that the ball went out of bounds off of Reggie Jackson’s hand. Tony Brothers is a disgrace and should be banned from officiating any other match in the NBA.

    Tony Brothers’ crookedness should not disregard Chris Paul’s costly mistakes towards the end of the 4th quarter.

  • Budd Jackson

    Memphis Game when Zack was suspended and Game 2 those 2 cheap fouls on Chris Paul and now this with Game 5 . It’s transparent the refs want okc to win.

  • nasalspray

    Sterling’s Revenge.