It took two days, but the NBA did it.
Due to the public criticism of NBA officials after the wonky Game 5 ending that had everyone riled up, the NBA has fined Doc Rivers $25,000.
From the moment the call involving Matt Barnes and Reggie Jackson was made, we knew Rivers was going to lose it in the post-game conference. And he did, criticizing the NBA, the referees, and the replay system that failed him.
“Everybody knows it was our ball. I think the bottom line is they thought it was a foul and made up for it. In my opinion let’s take away the replay system. Because that is our ball we win the game and we got robbed because of that call. And it is clear. Everybody in the arena saw it. That is 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.”
At this point, the botched call is a thing in the past. Doc Rivers spoke his side. Tony Brothers stated why the referees made the decision that was made. The NBA backed up Tony Brothers’ statement, saying the replay didn’t show enough evidence to overturn the call. Now it’s time to play ball and make up for the mistakes that led to the late-game collapse.