LOS ANGELES – The NBA has fined LA Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers $25,000 for comments he made after his team lost to the OKC Thunder in Game 5, according to SI.com.
Sports Illustrated reported Rivers was outraged by the referees’ calls in the 105-104 Thunder victory Tuesday.
With the Thunder trailing by two with under 20 seconds to go, OKC’s Reggie Jackson had the ball knocked out of his hands by L.A.’s Matt Barnes.
It appeared on replay Jackson may have touched the ball last on its way out of bounds but officials reviewed the play on a replay monitor and gave the ball to Oklahoma City, which sent Clippers coach Doc Rivers into a sideline tirade.
Here’s the replay of the call that led to Rivers’ rant:
The NBA reviewed the play and determined there wasn’t enough evidence to overrule the original call Wednesday.
After the game, Rivers criticized the officials ruling, saying his team was robbed of the win.
“Everybody knows it was our ball,” Rivers said. “The bottom line is that 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. That was our ball, we win the game. We got robbed because of that call. It’s clear, everybody in the arena saw it. That’s why 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.”
The OKC Thunder take on the Clippers in LA at 9:30 p.m. CT.
You can see the game on ESPN.
Doc Rivers rips referees after Game 5 loss to OKC Thunder