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Rivers, however, wasn’t going to stay quiet. Not after the hotly contested out-of-bounds ruling contributed to the Clippers surrendering a seven-point lead in the final 49.2 seconds of the 105-104 loss. Not after the Thunder’s improbable victory left the Clippers down 3-2 and a loss from elimination in the best-of-seven series.
“It was our ball,” Rivers said. “Everybody knows that it was our ball. I think the bottom line they thought it was a foul and they made up for it. In my opinion, let’s take away replay. Let’s take away the replay system because that’s our ball. We win the game and we got robbed because of that play.
“It’s clear. Everybody in the arena saw it. That is why everybody was shocked when they said Oklahoma City [ball]. That was our ball.”
“The league can issue a statement tomorrow saying the ball was off them,” Paul said. “Who gives a …. We lost.”
Rivers and Paul said they were told by the referees that they didn’t have the right replay to change the call. That contention is likely what sparked Rivers to yell at Bennett, the Thunder owner, after the game.
“We did a lot of stuff in the game ourselves,” Rivers said. “But at the end of the day, we have a replay system that you’re supposed to look at it. I don’t want to hear that they didn’t have that replay. That’s a bunch of crap.”
Wow… Even I feel bad for Doc Rivers. The Clippers got hosed.
Doc is spot on. Replay is destroying an age old referee trick, “we missed the foul but we’ll give you the ball out of bounds to make up for it.”
How awesome was Doc in that press conference? Just releasing pure, honest emotion in an articulate way.
Doc was always good with the media here in Boston. Except when he was lying to us telling us that he wanted to be a Celtic for life following his contract extension.
The rest of the links:
Celtics.com – Bayless 6th Man Award