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.
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"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.