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Here’s the controversial out-of-bounds play that is going to get Doc Rivers fined (VIDEO)

May 14, 2014, 2:24 AM EDT

Let me be up front — the Los Angeles Clippers did not lose because of this play. They were up 13 with four minutes to go, up 7 inside a minute. The Clippers in general and Chris Paul in particular made a series of terrible decisions and plays — such as fouling Russell Westbrook on a three with 6.7 seconds left, sending him to the line to win the game.

But that’s not what people are talking about.

It’s not what Doc Rivers was talking about after the game — he was livid about the play above. He kept screaming at the officials “that’s our ball.” After Westbrook strips Paul near midcourt (another of Paul’s big late game errors) he passes to Reggie Jackson, who attacks the rim and decides to go for the lay-up rather than the lob dunk to Kevin Durant. The Clippers Matt Barnes fouls Jackson, but there is no call. Instead, the referees ruled the ball out off Barnes.

They went to the replay — a replay that clearly shows the ball going out off Jackson — and decided it was inconclusive. Here is the explanation from crew chief referee Tony Brothers:

“When the ball goes out of bounds, the ball was awarded to Oklahoma City. We got review the play. We saw two replays. The two replays we saw were from the overhead camera showing down, and one from under the basket showing the same angle but from a different view. And from these two replays, it was inconclusive as to who the ball went out of bounds off of. When it’s inconclusive we have to go with the call on the floor.”

Rivers was infuriated in his post-game press conference, saying what is the point of having replay if you’re not going to use it properly.

“That is a game defining and possibly a series defining call. And that’s not right,” Rivers said.

“That was our ball. We got robbed.”

He is going to get a massive fine for that. He didn’t care. He might as well have taken his checkbook into the press conference.

He’s not the only Clipper likely to get fined.

Matt Barnes Instagram: “There’s no question this went off my hand last right?#F*€koutahere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Questioning the refs and swearing? That’s a fine.

There is a rule explanation floating around twitter, suggesting this is the right call because Barnes hit the hand of the player and forced it out of bounds, and in that case the ball should have gone to OKC. Former NBA head of officials Stu Jackson said because of this it’s the right call. I’ve never seen it called that way. What is more, that is not what the officials said was the reason for their ruling.

The bottom line is the Clippers lost a heartbreaking Game 5. It’s the kind of dramatic win that energizes one side and will demoralize the other. We’ll see if the Clippers can bounce back from this. Or if Rivers has calmed down in two days.

  1. phillyphil005 - May 14, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Funny how the Clips are crying that that call where Barnes clearly hacked Jackson was why they lost. How about the other five posessions that you choked the game away?

    OKC made plays, and the Clips choked. They got the call right because Jackson was clearly fouled. How can you complain about OkC getting the ball back in that situation.

    Don’t blame the NBA, blame the Clips for giving it to OKC, and for them taking it with some big plays.

    • 5xchamp24 - May 14, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      Agree. No one wants to accept the NBA rule for that play. They just want to complain about the refs

      • bknowledge - May 14, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        If you watch the replay showing the side view (not head on), the ball is moving from right to left after the foul is completed and Barnes’ arm/hand is down by Jackson’s waist far away from the ball….after all that happens the ball changes direction and proceeds left to right (towards the out-of-bounds line)…
        All this takes place in less than a second. And the rule the NBA has in place is kinda stupid/leads to some bad consequences…but the rule is the rule and the ball should have gone to the Clippers.

        Look at the first part of the replay above. I know you can’t see Jackson’s right hand contacting the ball after the foul in either replay. But that’s what happened. There’s no way the ball starts moving forward again after the foul unless Jackson contacts it with his right hand. When Jackson transfers the ball from his left hand to his right hand, the ball is moving backwards away from out of bounds line. You can see the foul; you can see barnes han far away frm the ball and Jackson’s right hand. How does the ball reverse direction. The only answer is that Jackson hits the ball with his right hand.

      • bougin89 - May 14, 2014 at 11:55 AM

        “No one wants to accept the NBA rule for that play.”

        The people that understand that rule know that it doesn’t apply here. The refs made two mistakes on this play. They missed the foul on Barnes. Then they incorrectly ruled it OKC ball after the replay.

        Ironically in this case two wrongs make a right.

  2. reesesteel23 - May 14, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    If Chris Paul doesn’t turn the ball over twice and foul Westbrook, we would be talking about Spurs vs. Clippers. But go ahead, blame it on this 1 play.

  3. reesesteel23 - May 14, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    You cant have it both ways. Either Reggie gets 2 shots or we get the ball out of bounds. Which would you have preferred Clipper fans?

    • steelcitywhitty - May 14, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      exactly. you can’t get the no call and the ball.

      • savvybynature - May 14, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        Why not? OKC got the no call and the ball to start that play when Westbrook smacked Chris Paul’s hand for the “steal” at midcourt. Barnes “foul” on Jackson was no worse than Westbrook’s.
        So if no one can have it both ways, then the refs should have gone back to the beginning of the play and given the Clippers ball out at midcourt. Except, that isn’t how replay works, and you know it.

      • steelcitywhitty - May 14, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        except the ball did not go out of bounds on that play and for real, CP should have protected the ball and accepted the foul and 2 free throws.

    • bougin89 - May 14, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      The refs totally botched this one. First, it should have been a foul on Barnes with Jackson shooting two free throws but they missed that call. By rule, the Clippers should have gotten the ball after that replay, it looked like it was clearly out on Jackson.

      Strictly by how a game should be officiated the refs made two errors on this sequence.

      In terms of being fair though, OKC deserved the ball after the refs missed the foul so it kind of worked itself out.

    • antistratfordian - May 14, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      NBA Rulebook: “The hand is considered ‘part of the ball’ when it is in contact with the ball, and contact with a players hand when it is in contact with the ball is not a foul.”

      So there was no foul – and the Clippers should’ve been awarded the ball if the refs were shown all the angles of the play, instead of just two.

  4. sluggoseam - May 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Odd officiating the entire night. There should be some talk about that odd clear path call where Jackson shoots free throws AND they retain possession even though 2 Clippers are between he and the basket,

  5. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - May 14, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Its plays like this that make me dislike watching the NBA…….

    Yes he fouled him, but the rules are the rules and they must be enforced. Def looks like a hidden agenda.

    • 5xchamp24 - May 14, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      Then don’t watch. There’s controversial plays in every sport every day.Its not just NBA. Don’t be scared to say what you really want to say

    • baltimoresnativeson - May 14, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      The ref didn’t dribble the ball off his foot, get stripped by Westbrook, or have Big Baby matched up with Durant behind the arc. If the Clips do any of the above correct, game over.

      The Clips choked plain and simple. Blaming the refs is tired.

    • raidmagic - May 14, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      If, as you say, “the rules are the rules” then they should have called a foul and it wouldn’t matter anyway. Bottom line, The Clippers choked.

  6. bigdaddy44 - May 14, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    It’s a shame that after all the crap that the Clippers franchise and its fans have gone through, they that have to try to battle this crap. Despite their poor play at the end, it has been 8 on 5 too often for this play to be singled out by itself. Since Stern took over, this league has carried out its agendas through its officiating, more than the scripted WWE. It looks to be no different under Silver. The league needs to take the Clippers out of the spotlight over the Sterling situation. It also helps to promote KD as the next great MVP, which follows their marketing strategy. Just like with Lebron and Kobe, it’s not about basketball, but about about raising and, in this case, protecting league revenues.

  7. phillyphil005 - May 14, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    The Clippers are not better than OKC.

    Sorry that you dont see that…

  8. joeksnuffy - May 14, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    It was a foul. justice was served.

    • rodyaugu - May 14, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      correcting a mistake, by making another mistake is justice?

      • joeksnuffy - May 14, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        Yes. I want the outcome to be fair. It would not have been fair for LAC to get the ball on that play. It was clearly a foul. It doesn’t matter to me if it was a make up call or not. The question should be: was the outcome fair? The answer in my mind is yes. Doc is embarrassing himself. Considering that it was clearly a foul and considering all the flopping the Clippers do and all the calls they get as a result, are they seriously whining about officiating? These guys whine even on made baskets.

      • bougin89 - May 14, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        In this particular case, yes, two wrongs made a right.

  9. bengcolt - May 14, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    They shouldn’t have blown such a lead…… never mind the call, it was a foul anyhow.

  10. arrondior - May 14, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    I’m sorry but the NBA has GOT to do something about flopping. Yes the ball was out on the Thunder. No, its not why the Clippers lost. Sure, Doc has every right to be upset.


    THE FLOPPING especially in this series makes me want to change the channel

  11. joeksnuffy - May 14, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Yeah, the reason the ball went off Jackson is because Barnes never touched the ball… AKA a foul. The refs did the right thing. I don’t see how Doc Rivers in his right mind can complain about this call when it was clearly a foul. Clippers are a bunch of whiners, from the coach on down.

  12. joeksnuffy - May 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Funny, nobody’s talking about the last play of the game. Jackson hit Paul on the arm, causing Paul to lose the ball. In my opinion, that’s a foul under normal circumstances but maybe not on the last play of the game. If I were a Clippers fan, which I surely am not (bunch of whining cheaters), I would be complaining about this play, not the Jackson out of bounds play.

  13. ProBasketballPundit - May 14, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    The play was officiated correctly. From the rulebook:

    If a player has his hand in contact with the ball and an opponent hits the hand causing the ball to go out-of-bounds, the team whose player had his hand on the ball will retain possession.

  14. nba5014 - May 14, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Even if you concede that the ball was definitively off of Reggie Jackson, the totality of the referee’s ineptitude on the play in question was still favorable to the Clippers. Jackson should have been shooting 2 foul shots for the tie but instead the Thunder were forced to inbound the ball. With this in mind, I find it laughable that so many impressionable simpletons have been brainwashed by Doc’s rant into thinking that that particular sequence is evidence of some type of league-wide conspiracy to aid the Thunder. In my opinion, the only legitimate referee-related gripe for grieving Clippers fan would be to argue that Jackson fouled Paul on the final play (though Paul himself did not argue it and you will rarely see a modest non-shooting foul like that called in the final seconds).

  15. tccoats - May 14, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Rivers wants to get rid of Replay, yet if there was no replay system in place, it would still be OKC’s ball since the original call on the court was OKC ball.

  16. bigmeechy74 - May 14, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    My question is why the hell didn’t reggie jackson pass the ball? a 3 on 1 break all he had to do was drop it off for a dunk. I’ve been annoyed at this for years. In college and pro no one passes on fast breaks hardly ever. They just spaz out and get fouled smh

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