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Nate McMillan fined $35,000 for ripping officials after Game 1

Apr 18, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

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Nate McMillan might as well have pulled out his checkbook while he was talking to the media after his Trail Blazers’ Game One loss to the Mavericks Saturday.

The amount to write in — $35,000. That’s what the league announced.

That’s pretty steep, but NBA Commissioner David Stern had warned that after last year (where there was a rash of complaints about officiating early in the playoffs last year and Stern wanted to nip it in the bud this time).

Dallas shot 19 fourth quarter free throws to Portland’s two on Saturday. That led to McMillan to tell the Oregonian:

The free throws, I just don’t get that,” McMillan said. “It’s hard for our guys to know how to play out there when it’s called a little different. (The free throw difference was) 19-2 in the fourth quarter. And I felt like we were attacking and guys really didn’t know how to play with the fouls that we’re being called.”

“A lot of touch fouls and I thought that (gave them) momentum and pretty much gave them control of the game in the fourth quarter,” McMillan said. “This game was pretty much decided at the line in the fourth quarter.”

Like I said, he might as well have started writing he check while he was talking.

Note to the Blazers: Dallas was the more aggressive, attacking team in the fourth quarter, too. That is why they got to the line more. In the NBA the calls go to the aggressor, if you want them earn them.

  1. sdpaulson - Apr 18, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    As far as I’m concerned David Stern is a pompus a$$. He managed to drive me away from ANYTHING NBA years ago and until he’s gone there is exactly NO chance of me spending a penny on ANY professional product directly linked to the NBA (except maybe an occasional Gatorade).

    I find it refreshing when someone calls BS on a professional league. What I find interesting is that all leagues instead of doing something about the heart of the issue – generally choose to sweeping the issue’s under the rug by trying to shut up those big enough to say “hey – there’s a problem out here”.

    And I’m sorry – such a foul disparity to a professional contact sport brings Tim Donaghy to mind. David are you fixing games??

    • fanoredsox - Apr 18, 2011 at 8:27 PM

      I agree. If all of the leagues want us fans to buy in to their argument that bad calls are also what contribute to the “GREATNESS” of the games, then the coaches and players should be allowed to voice their feelings about the officiating. Davis Stern is a jerk. If you speak out about the outcome of a game then he takes your money.

  2. xxxtreeem - Apr 18, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Note to Kurt Helin: Look up the points in the paint before you pretend to know what
    You’re talking about.. Then talk about aggression.

    And on the subject of earning.. How did you get this job? Who’d you screwover, it’s obvious by your
    Last statement, that you either a) don’t know what you’re talking about, or b) don’t do your homework.

    go ahead.. Take my challenge.. Watch the game.. Or for the sake of staying on subject.. Watch the fourth quarter.. Or just the last 4 minutes.. Lamarcus.. Working like a horse being abused.. No foul. Dirk gets blown on.. Foul

  3. thekingdave - Apr 18, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    “Note to the Blazers: Dallas was the more aggressive, attacking team in the fourth quarter, too. That is why they got to the line more. In the NBA the calls go to the aggressor, if you want them earn them.”

    This coming from the guy whose Lakers won game 7 of the 2010 Finals by going on a great run(translation: tons of gimme throws) in the 4th qtr after the officials decided the way that game had been called up to that point wouldn’t set Phil up for a 3-peat. What else is he going to say?

  4. scottm97031 - Apr 18, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    “Note to the Blazers: Dallas was the more aggressive, attacking team in the fourth quarter, too. That is why they got to the line more. In the NBA the calls go to the aggressor, if you want them earn them.”

    actually, this is flat out wrong, and had you watched the game, you would realize how much of your foot was in your mouth. This is just another example of the blatant bias that is showered on the large market teams; because god forbid if lowly Portland came into Dallas and took game one from them at home, right?

    It is so frustrating for us fans of underdog squads to watch them OUTPLAY a team and earn a lead (Portland was up 6 points w/ under 4minutes to go), and then watch the referees just HAND that lead away to Dallas and Dirk… This is the same Dirk who was shooting 5-17 going into those last 4 minutes, because the Blazers had effectively shut him down the entire game. NINETEEN free throws in the fourth quarter of a playoff game? are you freaking kidding me?

    in the future Kurt, before you write an article, make sure you actually watched the game, and have a clue about the subject matter, ok? Dallas was more aggressive, are you JOKING me? like xxxtreeem said, what was the “points in paint” and “rebounding” statistical matchups like for that game? did you even read the box score?

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 18, 2011 at 9:33 PM

      I did watch the game. And I’ll stand by my point that Dallas earned the trips to the line far more than Portland.

  5. jdcatcher5252 - Apr 18, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Lets talk about your definition of being the aggressor and earning points.

    Points in the paint: 46 for Portland, 18 for Dallas.
    FT attempts: 13 for Portland, 29 for Dallas.

    • lunasceiling - Apr 19, 2011 at 12:47 AM

      That pretty much says it all. Portland doesn’t have anyone to match Nowitski in terms of the NBA’s painfully obvious caste system…no one to get the calls in the fourth quarter.

  6. zblott - Apr 18, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    A look at 3 first-round games that were decided by the refs:

    http://www.behindthebasket.com/btb/2011/4/18/when-refs-take-over-2011-playoffs-game-one.html

  7. thekingdave - Apr 18, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Really? If you stand by that, you don’t have a shred of credibility.

  8. misfit503 - Apr 19, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    LOL@ “Note to the Blazers”

    4th QTR Points in the Paint: Portland 14 Dallas 2
    4th QTR FTA’s: Portland 2 Dallas 19.

    2nd Half Points in the Paint won by Portland 30-2 and that 2 points in the paint that Dallas scored in the 2nd half was an offensive tip in…

    You are calling Dallas the aggressor? Did you even watch the game? I doubt it… but here’s a look at what Mark Cuban received… not what the Dallas Mavericks earned…

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 19, 2011 at 3:46 PM

      Yes, watch the video. Terry attacked the rim and got the call, Stevenson attacked and got the call, Marion attacking in transition, Terry attacking the rim, Nowitzki with the ball under the basket attacking, and it goes on and on like that. I’m not saying all the calls were good, they were not, I’m saying the team that is aggressive and attacks in the NBA gets the calls and Dallas did that and stopped settling in the fourth. I do watch the games. More of them than you I bet, and this is a pattern throughout the league.

  9. misfit503 - Apr 19, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    The real question is… after George Karl made almost identical comments in his press conference after a game 1 loss, where is his fine?

  10. misfit503 - Apr 19, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Wow Kurt… Terry was really the only one who got to the paint… yet in one he initiates the contact on Roy which at best should have been a non-call, the other he simply has his shot altered and misses… yet he gets both calls… while Aldridge attacks the paint, is getting his arms yanked before he gets the ball, multiple two hand shoves while he has the ball, and major body bumps when he takes the ball up and that’s not a foul?

    On the other side, you have elbows flying left an right from Dirk, even before he gets the ball… and after he takes Wallace to the ground with an elbow (should have been an offensive foul) he looks back to the outside and that is aggressive to you? He was working free throw line extended the entire game… not just the first 3 quarters.. THE ENTIRE GAME…

    Marion should have gotten 10-20 for rape for what he did to Aldridge while Aldridge was in the paint… YET NO FOUL… Dirk yanks down Camby’s arm and Portland not only gets the offensive rebound but gets the 2nd chance point… IN THE PAINT… oh, but wait, they MUST have fouled Dirk so waive it off…

    You are right… with Portland dominating the paint 14-2 in the 4th.. .they weren’t being aggressive. Actually, you are not right… you are an idiot.

  11. misfit503 - Apr 19, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    The biggest issue Kurt is not bad vs good calls… it is calls being made on both ends of the floor, or in some cases not being made, that benefit one team. Nothing on Dallas’s offensive end of the court should affect and allow for non-calls on Portland’s offensive end, period. And the game needs to be called the same all 4 quarters… not drastically change when it has the biggest effect on the outcome.

  12. rude7833 - Apr 19, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    It’s quite obvious officials have favorites and least liked such as the lakers and Utah , respectfully.

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