Clips’ Rivers rips problem rule after foul stands

LOS ANGELES — Eight video games into the season, Doc Rivers says he’s executed with the newly carried out coach’s problem rule.

A pissed off Rivers vented concerning the rule after he misplaced a problem within the fourth quarter of the LA Clippers’ 129-124 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Middle on Wednesday night time.


The decision in query was an offensive foul drawn by Milwaukee level guard Eric Bledsoe on Clippers guard Lou Williams with 7:18 left and the Bucks up 108-101. Williams was driving previous Bledsoe when the Bucks’ level guard snapped his head again following potential contact with Williams’ arm.

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Rivers stated he thought Bledsoe pulled a quick one on the officiating crew.

“That was terrible,” Rivers stated afterward. “It was. They need to’ve overturned it. That is why I hate the rule. No one desires to be fallacious. Let me simply say that. You must overturn that. Until Bledsoe fouled Lou along with his face, there was no foul on that play.”

After official Courtney Kirkland known as the foul on Williams, Rivers signaled for the play to be reviewed. The play was replayed again and again from completely different angles on the video screens, and the Staples Middle crowd booed about there being any contact between Bledsoe’s face and Williams’ arm.

Williams and Rivers pleaded their case with official Zach Zarba. Coaches can use one problem per sport, no matter whether or not it’s profitable, and a group will need to have a timeout and name one after a challenged play.

There should be clear and conclusive visible proof to overturn a name. By way of Wednesday night time, there have been 70 challenges throughout the league this season, with 25 overturned (36%). Of these challenges, there have been 13 offensive fouls challenged, with solely three overturned (23%).

Rivers is Zero-for-2 in coach’s challenges this season, after he additionally unsuccessfully challenged a name with 33 seconds left in a 130-122 loss on the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 26. 5 Clippers opponents have challenged calls, with just one profitable overturn for the Utah Jazz through the fourth quarter on Nov. three.

“There was a flop,” Rivers argued Wednesday night time. “I feel it [would’ve] been extra of an opportunity that Bledsoe received a letter from the league about flopping than Bledsoe received fouled.

“That was terrible. I do not just like the rule anyway. I stated it up entrance. And now I prefer it even much less.”