Doc Rivers had a little more to say than Rick Adelman after the Wolves gave away the win to the Clippers Sunday night in Los Angeles. Sure, Doc’s squad got the W in spectacular comeback fashion, but he had a few concerns about the process in which he got it.
Specifically, Doc questioned the referees as to Matt Barnes ejection and flagrant 2.
“They wouldn’t give me an explanation,” Rivers said. “First of all, it wasn’t a flagrant 2. I didn’t think it was a flagrant 1. He got mostly ball and he swung at it. My only problem with the way that was done, Blake’s should have been looked at.”
Rivers was referring to Love’s elbow connecting with Blake Griffin’s forehead in the fourth quarter, which made Griffin bleed and forced him to be tended to on the bench before he could return.
“I don’t know if it was flagrant or not with Kevin Love but that should have been looked at,” Rivers said. “If you’re going to look at Matt’s, you have to look at Blake’s. It was an elbow to the head where the guy was bleeding. I think we should at least look at that, and they refused to look at that so I was surprised by that.”
To Blake Griffin’s credit, he saw things both ways…
“First of all, I don’t think Matt should have got ejected,” Griffin said. “I don’t think either one was intentional to be honest with you.”
Doc recognized that Matt Barnes is Matt Barnes, acknowledging his episode earlier this season where Barnes went after Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka and was also ejected.
“He’s earned his reputation,” Rivers said. “Having said that, you still go to do your job. If you think he did it, he did it, if you don’t, he didn’t. You still go to do what’s required by the rules.”