Clippers argue OT defensive foul call on Boban Marjonovic added insult to injury

first_img Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City Clippers still without Montrezl Harrell, who is in a 7-day quarantine Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Marjanovic stayed in the game and said afterward that he was OK. And, yes, Marjanovic, who makes an appearance in the forthcoming “John Wick 3” action film, confirmed that the fictional assassin packs a harder punch than Stephenson.“It’s basketball, sometimes you must feel the elbow, it’s just a game,” said Marjanovic, who had 11 points and five rebounds in 13 minutes to help the Clippers rally to force overtime. “But from my perspective, I hope when I do that that they don’t call a foul. If they can do that to me, I can do that to them.”If that’s a frightening thought, Marjanovic followed up immediately: “I’m joking.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener center_img LOS ANGELES — As Lance Stephenson danced near the baseline after converting a layup and drawing a foul on Boban Marjanovic to increase the Lakers’ lead to four and maybe five with less than a minute left in overtime Thursday night, the 7-foot-3 center was crumpled beneath the hoop, his head in his hands.Replays showed that Stephenson’s left elbow connected solidly with Marjanovic’s face on the play, after which the referees re-watched the sequence on the court-side monitor to determine whether it “warranted a possible or potential hostile act,” according to crew chief John Goble, who answered a pool reporter’s questions after the Lakers’ 123-120 overtime victory at Staples Center.He also explained that the referees were limited in what they could do because a defensive foul had been called. Furthermore, he said, “the on-court ruling was a defensive foul and there was no additional contact.” “I was thrown out on a play where I went for a defensive rebound and my elbow hit the guy going up for a rebound and I was ejected,” Harrell said. “This guy comes down offensively, leads with the (left) arm and lays the ball in with the other hand, and there’s nothing you can do to change it?“You can say it’s a basketball play, bang-bang play or whatever it is, but you went to the monitor and looked at it, slowed it down and watched it. If that’s not offensive, a tech or something, I don’t know what it is. You’ve gotta be consistent about calling this stuff.”“Boban, he gets penalized so much for being big,” said Lou Williams, the Clippers’ 6-foot-1 guard. “He never gets the benefit of the doubt. If I get hit with the same off-arm elbow, it’s gonna be an offensive foul. It’s unfortunate that they even looked at it and it was blatant (and) they said it was a basketball play. I’ve seen them call way worse if you elbow a guy going away from the rim, so it should be an offensive foul.”Patrick Beverley was more diplomatic about the situation.“Referees’ job is hard as it is already,” the veteran Clippers guard said. “They can’t call everything.” Most of the Clippers were not, however, in the mood to kid about the call, which led to the Lakers’ five-point lead with 45 seconds left. Marjanovic’s teammates were expecting a vastly different ruling.“When I saw it on the Jumbotron … I was just positive, I thought it would be overturned,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I was drawing up a play because I assumed we had the ball and I thought we were going to get a free throw out of it. And then we didn’t get either one.“I don’t know how you can come to that judgment. I get that maybe they said Boban fouled first, (but) it’s still a flagrant (on Stephenson). You make contact with the head, it’s a flagrant foul.”The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell was called for a flagrant 2 and ejected after unintentionally elbowing Jusuf Nurkic while battling for a defensive rebound against the Trail Blazers in December.That play – which he criticized on Twitter afterward – was on Harrell’s mind Thursday.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img

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