In the final 40 seconds, L.A. made a ton of mistakes, including two Chris Paul turnovers and a Jamal Crawford miss too early in the shot clock. And Rivers was quick to blame those lapses
“They made a horrendous call,” Rivers said. “But at the end of the day we created the situation. We put them in the situation by the turnovers, the bad fouls, the non-fouls, so we did a lot ourselves to not win the game.”
Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said he didn’t know who it was off, but: “One of the things I know – Reggie did get fouled.”
After the game, the officials released a statement to a pool reporter, saying that the crew only saw two views of the play – an overhead angle and an under-the-basket angle – with neither conclusive.
“When it’s inconclusive, we have to go with the call that was on the floor,” the statement read.
But that won’t do much to appease Rivers and his Clippers team, who after a Game 4 miracle win suffered an equally crazy Game 5 collapse and now head back to Los Angeles down 3-2.
“I’ll release the memo: They blew the call,” Rivers said. “That’s the memo.”