Doc Rivers came out rightfully fiery after the Clippers blew a seven-point lead with 45 seconds left thanks to a series of errors from his own team and the officials. He seems to be intimating that officials told him that they didn’t have a proper angle to overturn the call near the end in which the ball pretty clearly went off Reggie Jackson — but possession was awarded to Oklahoma City anyway as a sorta make-up call for missing a foul on Matt Barnes on the play — and says that’s “crap”.
To be sure, Rivers did place some of the blame on his own team as well, but most of his anger was reserved for the refs.
The Clippers still had the final possession of the game, and they gave up a 13-point lead in just over three minutes, but there’s no doubt that the insane sequence involving the replay influenced the outcome.
Now, L.A. and its coach will have to refocus and defend its home floor at the Staples Center. Game 6 will be Thursday, May 15, at 10:30 p.m. ET.