Following a tough Game 5 loss to the Spurs on Tuesday, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers lamented the amount of calls from the officials that he believed were incorrect, and went against his team.
“I don’t complain much,” Doc Rivers said. “I thought we got some really tough calls tonight. Some brutal calls. The travel on Blake (Griffin), the goaltend on Matt (Barnes), which wasn’t a goaltend. You think about the playoffs, and they’re single-possession games. Those possessions those were crucial. J.J. (Redick’s) foul that got him (fouled) out, J.J. didn’t touch anyone.
“It’s not why we lost, but those were big plays for us.”
And he didn’t even mention this one — a technical foul on Chris Paul for making a crisp pass to the official following a Spurs made basket.
“I thought if anything, (the technical foul) was a delay of game,” Paul said after the game. “In the other 82 games, it would have been a delay of game but they didn’t call it.”
Touching the ball after a made basket — even just to get it quickly to the nearest official — is indeed usually a delay of game warning in most situations.
Unless, of course, Paul said something inflammatory as he whipped the pass.
But whether he did or he didn’t, it was just one of many crazy plays that helped decide a critical Game 5, in what might be the best series we get throughout the entirety of the postseason.