Doc Rivers fined $15000 for calling officiating 'complete joke'


Looking exclusively at the free-throw disparity suggests Rivers had a point considering the Clippers attempted a mere eight foul shots while the Rockets attempted 23.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle shared Rivers' criticism via a tweet: "They shot 41 3s; we shot 18".

"It was 24-8 in free throws", Rivers said, though Houston actually shot 23.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers has been given a $15,000 fine for criticism levied at the officiating following Los Angeles' 101-96 loss at the Rockets on Friday (AEDT), the National Basketball Association announced Saturday. The Rockets, on the other hand, attempted made just six of 17 attempts off the same number of drives, but ended up with eight free throws. That's a joke. That is a complete joke.

Rivers believed that the Clippers earned more trips to the line with their aggressive style of play and should've been rewarded for it.

During the game, the Clippers scored 34 more points in the paint than the Rockets, shot 23 less three pointers and yet still were not at the charity stripe. "Lou (Williams) got killed and no call". Austin (Rivers) gets hit, no call. (DeAndre Jordan) gets fouled over the back.

"I haven't [complained about officiating] all year", Rivers claimed. Our guys played their hearts out.

They gave a good account of themselves against the conference leaders who shot uncharacteristically badly, hitting just 38.9 percent from the floor and 29.3 percent from 3-point range.

Meanwhile, the Clippers are 37-30 and a game out of the playoff picture out west.