Clippers coach Doc Rivers was livid after Game 5's controversial ending between the Clippers and Thunder. Reggie Jackson drove off a Russell Westbrook steal with time running out. Matt Barnes knocked the ball out of Reggie Jackson's hand on a drive. No foul was called on the play, and the officials, after going to review, awarded it to Oklahoma City.
Russell Westbrook was fouled on an ensuing possession, and made all three of his free throws. After a Clippers turnover, the Thunder held on for the win to take a 3-2 series lead.
After the game, Rivers went absolutely ballistic, and is sure to draw a fine from the league for his comments:
"That's a game defining, and possibly series-defining call."
"That's a bunch of crap and y'all know it."
"That was our ball. We got robbed."
"That was a brutal call and it cost us the game."
"I'll release the memo. They blew. The call. That's the memo."
The rule is going to be scrutinized heavily in the next 24 hours. Here's the statement released to the press from Tony Brothers via Yahoo Sports:
Referee explanation pic.twitter.com/BOgBCA4pJQ— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) May 14, 2014
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.