Following a 105-104 Oklahoma City Thunder win that included a replay review on an out-of-bounds call that's going to stir a ton of controversy, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers sounded off on referees and the NBA's replay system.
When Reggie Jackson of the Thunder opted to go for a contested layup rather than dump it off to a wide-open Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook, he was hit by Matt Barnes and the ball sailed out of bounds.
No foul was called, and the refs went to replay. Despite the ball clearly touching Jackson's hand last, the refs announced that it was Thunder ball.
Rivers was incensed to the point that he called for the league to do away with replay altogether.
He also pointed out how critical that call could be in the series as a whole, as it put OKC up 3-2.
He didn't completely absolve his team of guilt, though.
In the officials' defense, there is some language in the rulebook that could back up their decision.
And Tony Brothers claimed the evidence was inconclusive.
Although the replay may have scrapped that as well.
Matt Barnes took to Instagram to voice his discontent, saying, "There's no question this went off my hand last right?"
The Clippers still had the final possession of the game, and they gave up a 13-point lead in just over three minutes, but there's no doubt that the insane sequence involving the replay influenced the outcome.
Now, L.A. and its coach will have to refocus and defend its home floor at the Staples Center. Game 6 will be Thursday, May 15, at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Will the Clippers be able to bounce back and save their season? It's going to be difficult considering how Game 5 ended, but they'll have the benefit of being on their home floor in front of fans who have supported them through thick and thin this season.
It wouldn't surprise anyone to see this series go seven games, and many basketball fans would love exactly that. If that were to happen, both teams would have the opportunity to validate their standing in the Western Conference and prove that they should be the one advancing.
Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewDBailey.
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