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Thunder: Chris Paul addresses coach's challenges

Chris Paul had to bite his tongue when asked Thursday about the coach's challenge. 

"It needs a lot of work," Paul said. "I don’t even know if I can say that because I’m on the Competition Committee. But one of the things I wish is that if you challenge it, you at least get to keep your timeout. I don’t think that makes a lot of sense. I know that the committee is working through things and trying to see how it goes." 

If a coach wants to challenge a play, they must call for a timeout and immediately signal for a challenge. Only if the challenge is successful does the team get the timeout back. 

OKC was on the wrong end of Doc Rivers' successful challenge Monday night in Los Angeles. A reach-in foul that would've sent Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari to the free throw line with 7.3 seconds left was overturned. Two free throws would have put the Thunder ahead. 

"I watch a lot of games,” Paul said after the loss. “Every night I watch a game. I ain’t never seen that one overturned. I gotta go look at that." 

Foul calls have only been overturned 34 percent of the time. Challenges overall only have a 38 percent success rate. 


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Oklahoma City's Chris Paul stands during a timeout in an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Chris Paul stands during a timeout in an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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