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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

“My thinking was I was pissed,” Rivers said. “I don’t think that’s working the officials, that’s being honest with the officials. I love them. I think all three of those officials are terrific officials, but on that call, they got it wrong. That’s a game-defining and possibly series-defining call, and that ain’t right.”

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.”

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as'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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