Barnes offered support for Rivers.
"It was needed," Barnes said. "He's done a great job all year of being a shield for this team, with all the unfortunate stuff that's come up in the playoffs. He does a good job of being a shield and letting us just play basketball."
Rivers, among other things, said the Clippers were "robbed" by the officials for not changing a call.
The play in question involved
The ball appeared to go out of bounds off Jackson's hands, but after reviewing the play, the officials awarded the ball to the Thunder.
That led to
That led to Rivers' rant after the game -- and his fine two days later.
“We always have coach’s back,”
For two days after Game 5 and at practice Wednesday, Paul was forlorn about his role in the Clippers' loss.
But during Thursday's shoot-around at the team's practice facility, Barnes said Paul was back to normal and ready to compete again at a high level in Game 6 of the series, which Oklahoma City leads 3-2.
Game 6 is set for Thursday night at
"We let him know there wasn't any one play that he did," Barnes said. "It was a group effort. We win as a team, we lose as a team. He took it hard, but I have no doubt he'll be back to his self today."
When the Clippers were flying back from Oklahoma City after the loss Tuesday night, they began to get over their disappointment while playing cards on the plane, Barnes said.
He said Rivers then came over to the group and asked them to turn off music that was playing so he could speak to the team.