Rivers Fined $25,000 For Criticizing Officials
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[May 16, 2014]
(Reuters) - Los Angeles Clippers
head coach Doc Rivers has been fined $25,000 by the National Basketball
Association for public criticism of officiating, the league said on
Rivers said the Clippers got "robbed" of a win on Tuesday when a
call went against them late in a 105-104 defeat to the Oklahoma City
Thunder that pushed them to the brink of playoff elimination.
The Thunder, who were down seven points with 49 seconds to play,
benefited from an official's call even though replays appeared to
show the ball went out of bounds off their guard Reggie Jackson with
11.3 seconds left.
The ball was awarded by officials to Oklahoma City, and they stuck
with the initial ruling after the play was reviewed.
The Thunder scored the last eight points of the game to snatch
victory in front of a raucous home crowd and seize a 3-2 lead in the
best-of-seven Western Conference semi-final.
Rivers, a calm voice of reason throughout the Donald Sterling saga
which has sparked widespread emotional debate and at times has
distracted the Clippers players, unsuccessfully protested the call
before criticizing officials post-game.
"It was our ball," Rivers told reporters. "Everybody knows it was
our ball. The bottom line is they thought it was a foul and they
made up for it.
"In my opinion, let's take away the replay system. Because that's
our ball, we win the game. We got robbed because of that call."
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On Wednesday, the NBA said the official's call in Tuesday's Game
Five and the instant replay review would stand as given because
there was no 'clear and conclusive' evidence to warrant a reversal.
Later on Wednesday, during Clippers team practice, Rivers told
reporters: "I was very upset last night, and rightly so, but you've
got to move on."
The Clippers will bid to stave of playoff elimination when they host
the Thunder in Game Six on Thursday, a little more than two weeks
after team owner Sterling was banned for life by the league and
fined $2.5 million for making racist comments.
(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank
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