This all happened just as the Clippers were starting their comeback that would eventually turn into a high scoring win for Los Angeles, 126-122, behind 41 points from Chris Paul. In fact, this helped fuel that comeback.
Just as the third quarter was winding down, Portland’s Chris Kaman pulled down an offensive rebound only to have Chris Paul take it away from him, and in the process Kaman got an inadvertent shot to the family jewels.
In frustration, Kaman shoved Paul out of bounds. That earned Kaman a flagrant one foul and also will earn him a healthy fine (maybe a suspension, although not likely, it’s just hard to predict the league’s justice system). The regular foul and flagrant turned this into a four-point swing for the Clippers.
The other part of this that the referees looked at was LaMarcus Aldridge knocking “Big Baby” Glen Davis down, but this was a good no call by the refs. Davis started to go after Kaman after the shove; Aldridge was trying to step in between and keep him away, Davis was a little off balance and went down pretty easily. This wasn’t a shove or an escalation.
In the end, the Clippers will take the win because it improves their chances of having home-court advantage in the first round.
For fun, listen to the difference in how this was called by the two announcing teams. Above is the Clipper call, here is the Trail Blazers’ call.