Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers was fined $25,000 for publicly criticizing the officials after Game 5 Tuesday night, the league announced.
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“I don’t complain much,” Rivers started after a 111-107 loss to the San Antonio Spurs that has pushed the Clippers to the brink of elimination. “I thought we got some really tough calls tonight, some brutal calls. The travel on Blake (Griffin), the goal tend on Matt (Barnes), which wasn’t a goal tend, you think about the Playoffs and they’re single-possession games. Those possessions, those were crucial. J.J. (Redick)’s foul that got him out, J.J. didn’t touch anyone.”
It is the second consecutive season that Rivers was fined following a frustrating Game 5 loss. Rivers was also docked $25K following the penultimate game of the semifinals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. When Rivers was notified of the latest fine, he accepted it.
Doc Rivers on his $25K fine: “It was a good call. It was. It was a great call. I just felt like it needed to be said so I’ll take it.”
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Of course, the NBA released its Last 2 Minute Report Wednesday. While many of the plays Rivers referred to happened outside of that portion of the game, it is worth noting that the league said the officials missed three calls. Of those three, the least critical and hardest to decide was a travel on Kawhi Leonard. That possession ended in a Clippers rebound that set up a play that ended in DeAndre Jordan’s goal tend. The other two plays were non calls that should have gone against the Clippers.
The Clippers will look to extend their season in Game 6 at San Antonio on Thursday night. The last time the Clippers won a road game facing elimination was in 2012, a Game 7 win in Memphis.