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Doc Rivers not pleased with ‘disgusting’ officiating in Game 1 vs Warriors


After a disappointing loss against the Golden State Warriors 121-104, Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers voiced his displeasure with what he considered a double standard in officiating.

The Clippers were assessed with four technical fouls throughout the game. The veteran coach expressed his frustration over Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari’s technical in the second quarter.

“It was funny, I wasn’t even upset at the missed calls. I was really upset at Gal’s tech,” Rivers said in a postgame interview. “It really bothered me because all Gal said was, ‘Where was the foul?’ And without me saying any names, if one of our guys are going to get a tech for saying that, after what I witnessed in the first half from at least — let me just say two of their guys, that was disgusting. Like that was — that’s what got me so upset.”

Rivers didn’t think it was fair to receive that technical while the Warriors bench got away with disrespecting the officials. “Gal, who rarely gets a tech, didn’t swear, didn’t say anything, and to get a tech in a playoff game for saying, ‘What foul?’ after I saw a couple guys on the other team cussing, swearing, pointing, yelling, and nothing? It’s just not right.”

When he tried to question the call, as is a coach’s right, he was given a technical at halftime. “We have to be consistent. My tech by the way, and you can read my lips, I said ‘all I want is consistency.’ That was what I got a tech for at halftime.”

Throughout the contest, the referees seemed to have quick whistles. In the fourth quarter, Clippers’ Patrick Beverley and Warriors’ Kevin Durant were both ejected after a brief exchange that followed Durant’s midcourt pressing Beverley. Given the league’s strictness when it comes to public criticism against their officials, it wouldn’t be surprising for Doc Rivers to receive a penalty one of these days for his comments.

Game 2 between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors will begin on Tuesday (Manila time).
(Janiel Abby Toralba)