By Matt McCoy
LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers rips officials after 105-104 playoff loss
The LA Clippers have been the talk of the NBA playoffs because of the controversy surrounding owner Donald Sterling. The Clippers continued to be the talk of the playoffs Tuesday night, but it had nothing to do with Sterling.
In a critical game five against Oklahoma City, LA lost 105-104, largely due to an extremely controversial call that prompted Clippers coach Doc Rivers to rip the officials in the post-game press conference.
"We got robbed," Rivers said during his sharp criticism of the officials.
The play that drew most of Rivers ire came with 11 seconds left. The Clippers led 104-102 when Oklahoma City, in the midst of a furious comeback (they scored the final eight points of the game in the last 49 seconds) stole the ball. The Thunder's Reggie Jackson drove to the basket and pretty clearly, lost the ball out of bounds.
It did appear that the Clippers Matt Barnes fouled Jackson on the drive but that was not called and fouls are not subject to replay review. It seemed obvious that Jackson touched the ball last so it should have been L.A. possession, up by two. Instead, after the review, the ball stayed with the Thunder. Even TNT announcers Marv Albert and Steve Kerr were stunned by the call.
After that, in another controversial call, Russell Westbrook was fouled by Chris Paul shooting a 3-pointer. Westbrook made all three free-throws, to give the Thunder the game winning points and a 3-2 series lead.
If you missed it, here's the videos of the series of plays that angered Rivers.
Here's the obvious blown call, (and the no-call on a foul) with Oklahoma City maintaining possession with 11 seconds left:
Here's the foul call on LA's Chris Paul, leading to the three game winning free-throws by Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook:
Even after those plays, LA still had a chance to win but could not get a shot up in the final seconds: