NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn has weighed in on a controversial out of bounds call in Tuesday night's Game 5 between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, saying the refs should not have overturned the call due to lack of evidence, according to The Associated Press
In a statement released by the league on Wednesday night, Thorn said that the league stood behind the play as called.
"In order to reverse the call made on the court, there has to be `clear and conclusive' evidence. Since no replay provided such evidence, the play correctly stood as called with the Thunder retaining possession."
The play in question occurred with just 11.3 seconds left in the game, when Clippers forward Matt Barnes appeared to dislodge the ball from Thunder guard Reggie Jackson's hands, after which it flew out of bounds. Possession was awarded to the Thunder, a call which Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers spoke out against after the game.
"Everybody knows it was our ball. I think the bottom line is they thought it was a foul and they made up for it. Then, in my opinion, let's take away replay. Let's take away the replay system because that's our ball, we win the game and we got robbed because of that call. It's clear."The Clippers led by two at the time of the play, and went on to lose the game 105-104.