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League fines Doc Rivers $25,000 for blasting referees at press conference

May 15, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

Doc Rivers might as well have brought his checkbook into the post-game press conference after a controversial call was one of many reasons (most self inflicted by the Clippers) that Los Angeles blew a seven-point lead in the final minutes of Game 5. Rivers was livid at the call, pounding the table and venting his point. Here are a few highlights.

“That was our ball. We got robbed.”

“That’s a bunch of crap and y’all know it.”

“That was a brutal call and it cost us the game.”

“That’s a game defining, and possibly series-defining call.”

Thursday the league responded as it had to with a $25,000 fine for Rivers criticism of the official, which was announced by the league Thursday.

It’s not that Rivers was wrong — I think he makes a very valid point, to call the videos seen “inconclusive” as the officiating crew did is disingenuous at best — but the league always fines for criticism of the officials. Even in cases where the league admitted the call was wrong they fined (and in this case they didn’t admit it was wrong).

Rivers knew a fine was coming when he went on his rant.

But if that gets through to the officials and he gets a couple calls in a close Game 6 Thursday he will take it.

  1. honkerdawg - May 15, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Maybe the layers should boycott the game because of this

    • spursareold - May 15, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      Fans should turn off their TVs tonight. That would be MUCH more effective.

  2. detlefschrempfriedrice - May 15, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    “Worth it.” – Doc

  3. au1978 - May 15, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    He may have been right about what he said, bu he’s not the first, nor will he be the last, coach to get fined for criticizing officiating.

  4. usm418 - May 15, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Doc was right. It was the wrong call by the refs. The integrity of the league took a hit.

  5. tombstone7 - May 15, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Let me get this straight. …bb officials can make a bad call, admits it & is immune to crticism?

    Sounds like a dictatorship. ..who agreed with this nonsense? Sounds like Czar Stern had something to do with this. Who else? Egomaniac….ignore a known racist for 30 years and do nothing, but coaches/players are not allowed to be critical! Geez!

    • raysfan1 - May 15, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Name a professional sports league in which a coach or player who publicly berates the officiating does not get fined.

  6. kountryking - May 15, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Certain refs have consistently made bad calls for Doc when he coached the Celtics. I don’t blame him for blowing up. I’m sure he can afford the fine but it’s a high price to pay for exercising your freedom of speech rights.

  7. pfruge - May 15, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Good thing the NBA can’t fine fans. I’d be bankrupt.

  8. davidtmp - May 16, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    The problem is, Doc WAS wrong. The officials got the call right, they just didn’t know it. There is a rule that states when a player hits a players hand causing the ball to go out of bounds, the team with the ball retains the ball. This is strictly a judgement call by the refs, they could easily have called the foul, 2 shots for OKC. The main problem is the officials didn’t cite the rule as part of the ruling, so they opened themselves up to all this.

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