OKC Thunder: Wild finish, questionable calls have Doc Rivers ready to rant

In a wild game and unbelievable finish on Tuesday night – eventually resulting in a 105-104 comeback Thunder win – there were a batch of tough, questionable calls. But to Rivers, one stood out.
by Anthony Slater Published: May 14, 2014

An irate Doc Rivers stormed into his postgame press conference with little need for questions from the awaiting media.

In a wild game and unbelievable finish on Tuesday night – eventually resulting in a 105-104 comeback Thunder win – there were a batch of tough, questionable calls. But to Rivers, one stood out.

With 13 seconds left, after Russell Westbrook knocked the ball away from Chris Paul, Reggie Jackson picked it up and drove the lane for a potential game-tying layup. But as Jackson went up, Matt Barnes seemed to smack him in the back of his hand. Jackson lost the ball out of bounds.

Referees went to review the call. Replays seemed to indicate it going off Jackson. But officials gave the ball to OKC, enraging the Clippers sideline and leading a furious Rivers to rant postgame.

“Everybody knows it was our ball,” Rivers started. “I think the bottom line is they thought it was a foul, and they made up for it.”

WATCH: Doc Rivers' postgame press conference

Moments after the play, the Thunder inbound led to another questionable call – this one a Paul foul that led to three Russell Westbrook game-winning free throws. But Rivers remained locked in on the out-of-bounds decision as the game-decider.

“We got robbed because of that call,” Rivers said. “Everybody in the arena saw it. Everybody was shocked when they said Oklahoma City. That was our ball, whether it was a foul or not, it was. But they didn’t call it.”

Rivers went on to blame the replay system and refer to a call in the Clippers’ last series, where a Golden State foul call was ignored on replay and the Warriors were given the ball. This time, in a reverse spot, he got a reverse call and a similarly frustrating result.


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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