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PBT Extra: Was Doc Rivers right in rant? Can Clippers bounce back?

May 14, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

The Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder have been by far the most compelling second round series — and Game 5 had the strangest, most exciting, most compelling finish to a game we have seen in a long time.

That’s what Kay Adams and I discuss in the latest PBT Extra.

Was Doc Rivers right to rant? Sure, but that’s not why they lost.

What is with the comebacks in this series?

And the biggest question of all — can the Clippers bounce back from this? My gut says they can’t, but in this series you never know. We could be in for another dramatic comeback Thursday.

  1. cantonb0und13 - May 14, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    No, I don’t understand why everyone loves Doc so much. He cries to the media all the time, yet everyone loves him. I would much rather have Pop, Thibs and Rick Carlisle over Doc. Stop making excuses you’re team was up by 7 with 45 seconds left. I never seen a coach that made as much execuses as Doc Rivers has in any professional sports.

    • cantonb0und13 - May 14, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      I mean I understand why you’re frustrated, but you didn’t here Chris Paul crying after the game.

    • fanofthegame79 - May 14, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      That call was a bad call. Doc was specifically referring to that call. Yes, there were plenty of other reasons why the Clippers lost that game. However, it’s one thing to know you choked away a game (like Chris Paul and the Clippers did last night) but it adds insult to injury when a major and pivotal bad call goes against you. I think most people would think that if the NBA would have called the foul, OKC gets a pair of free throws to tie the game (at best) which would still leave the Clippers plenty of time to run a play. If they score, they win the game (on the road in a 2-2 tied playoff series). If they don’t score, this game goes to overtime. Instead, we have a no-call on the foul (bad miss by the refs) and, what seems like, a make-up call on the out of bounds play. It leaves a bad taste, from the players all the way to casual fans.

      • cantonb0und13 - May 14, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        Yeah it was a bad call. But prior from that play the Clippers should never been in that position in the first place, that was simply terrible basketball play from both teams. If the Clippers won that game, no one will be talking about another pathetic game from Kevin Durant (6-22). Russell Westbrook is the real MVP of that team. I can’t wait when Durant doesn’t have Westbrook. At this point, only team that deserves to go to the NBA finals out of the west is: San Antonio Spurs. Thunder gets every foul call; and the Clippers are bunch of floppers. Durant shoots 6-22 and everyone is talking about the refs. Durant always get a pass, that’s why I don’t respect him. People criticized LeBron, Jordan and Kobe now look at them. Winners. Durant doesn’t have nothing to prove because no one criticizes him. Kevin Durant you’re not the real MVP.

      • cantonb0und13 - May 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        I’m sorry I just respect guys who had high expectations coming to the NBA, and end up exceeding their expectations. I respect guys who prove the doubters wrong. Maybe one day people will start criticizing Durant, but at this point too many people gives him a free pass. I will say it again, once people start criticizing Durant, he will become a MUCH better basketball player, and I will start to respect him.

      • paleihe - May 14, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        I’m sure Durant has spent many sleepless nights wondering why you don’t respect him.

    • ranfan12 - May 14, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      you also didn’t see him talk about it after the game, and he said exactly that basically

  2. djlexluger - May 14, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Doc is a great coach because he can manage egos, and can relate to players. The call was blown, but he did say they made their mistakes still doesn’t change the fact that you use replay and say you didn’t have the same angles the arena had.

  3. joeksnuffy - May 14, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    The overall result was correct. There are two possibilities: (1) Barnes got ball, in which case he knocked it out of bounds and the ball would go to OKC, or (2) Barnes didn’t touch the ball, which means it’s a foul. You can’t call no foul and then award the ball to the Clippers. It would just be totally wrong. The refs did the right thing. As a basketball fan, I applaud them for doing what’s fair. I’m really disappointed in Doc Rivers for making such a stink about this. What we learned is that he believes bad calls are OK as long as they are in his favor.

    • ranfan12 - May 14, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      doing what’s fair???

      you mean that pity call for the miss foul earlier? LOL.

    • k3nn3k - May 14, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      1. If Barnes only got the ball and there was no foul, then it went off Reggie Jackson’s right hand. So still Clips ball.

      2. If the foul was called, Reggie Jackson at best makes 2 free throws, Clips ball with 6+ seconds left. And then if they didn’t score it goes into OT.

      The point here is that yes the Clippers had their chances to secure the game, no one is denying that…but that doesn’t make it right for the refs to alter the outcome of the game because of a “make up call” they initially missed. Let the Clippers lose it on their own if they were going to do it.

      • dannymac17 - May 14, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        thats what most people are missing. we get the ball they foul us, we get the chance to shoot our free throws, up 3 maybe 4. but it didnt come to that, the Refs acknowledged they missed the foul and called it OKC ball cause they “felt bad” Get outta here with that nonsense.

      • joeksnuffy - May 14, 2014 at 7:07 PM

        Let’s say you had a choice between the only fair choices available: (1) give the ball to OKC to inbound or (2) award 2 free throws to Reggie Jackson. Which would you take? Obviously knowing that Paul stupidly fouled Westbrook on the 3 pointer, you might give Jackson two free throws. But, if you were to rewind back to the moment, before the 3 pointer foul, what would you do? I bet you would take your chances on OKC getting possession rather than the free throws.

        Not calling the foul AND giving the ball to LAC would have been completely unfair. The bottom line is that the referees decided to do something fair. The fact that Paul made the huge mistake on fouling the 3 point shooter and then turning it over on the last play is soley on Chris Paul, not the refs.

  4. southernjags93 - May 14, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    The NBA can’t have its new golden boy MVP who just gave an amazing acceptance speech and his team lose in the second round while the King rolls through the playoffs. And at the same time the league is outing the Clippers and their racist owner which will calm that distraction. Big Brother NBA is ensuring the best scenario for the league happens. The fix is in folks.

  5. southernjags93 - May 14, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Why are you blocking my post about the rigged NBA. Is NBC in the NBA’s pocket now?

  6. golfrangeman - May 14, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    # cantonbound I can’t believe you have the nerve to call someone else a crybaby. Why don’t you tell us what you’d think if it was the heat in OKC’s place.

  7. golfrangeman - May 14, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    I don’t think it’s up to the refs to just make things even out. They had a job to do, look at the replay and determine who the ball was off.

  8. j0esixpack - May 14, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Everyone is down on Doc for making a big deal

    But we have seen this in the playoffs the last few years

    Officials have seriously blown many many calls and we have also seen them do “make up” calls

    By complaining Doc may get a close call going his way

    That’s smart coaching if you ask me

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