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Mavs’ Carlisle, Cuban frustrated with officials (and likely will get fined)

Feb 1, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

Rick Carlisle AP

Tuesday night the Mavericks lost a close game in Portland and the next day the NBA league office admitted that the officials blew a charge/block call that went against Dallas and O.J. Mayo at the end of a tight game. Portland got the win, but Dallas got the apology from the league. That should make up for everything.

Thursday night the Mavericks were in another close game late, this one with Golden State, and once again didn’t get the call — with 6 seconds to go in a one-point game Dallas’ Brandan Wright went up for a shot and the officials said Andrew Bogut got a clean block. (Honestly, from the television angle it looks like a good no-call, Bogut didn’t leave his feet and was pretty straight up and down. But other angles could have shown more.)

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle thought he was fouled and was frustrated at the no call — two games in a row they didn’t get the call at the end. Carlisle lashed out after the loss Thursday, with quotes via the Star-Telegram.

“The game came down to the call that wasn’t made,” he said. “Brandan Wright got hit in the arm, and it’s obvious and it’s two nights in a row and it’s very tough to take with as hard as our guys are fighting to not be on the free throw line with a chance to go ahead with six seconds left in the game.

“I’m disappointed and I’m very concerned. Concerned about what’s happening at the end of games with the officials. I can only be honest.”

He’s frustrated. I can understand that — with their team back healthy Dallas wanted to make a run at getting back in the playoffs and getting wins against Portland and Golden State would have been a big help to that cause. And he certainly has cause in Portland for the complaint and calls like the one not made for Wright get made all the time.

That said, Carlisle should have his checkbook handy. The league fine is coming.

Owner Mark Cuban was more careful on twitter with his comment.

We’ll see if the league says anything to him, my guess is he skirts the line with that one.

  1. skids003 - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    I bet Cuban couldn’t referee a checker match.

  2. bayrich - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Concerned because you didn’t get another chance to score after you missed? Smh maybe if players wouldn’t constantly try to flop to get foul calls this wouldn’t happen…clean block no foul.

  3. jrod2173 - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    It wasn’t a foul. He was straight up and got all ball with his hand. C-Webb even said it was clean on air (not that he is an authority, but he watched it from various angles and said it was a no call). If they are blaming that loss, which they never held a lead in by the way, on the refs then they have a lot more problems than injuries.

  4. mungman69 - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    I love it when billionaires cry. Boo hoo hoo.

  5. FeedtheOldtotheYoung - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    mungman – all the way to the bank.

  6. fanofevilempire - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    NBA refs do a good job but they do blow some calls.
    I don’t know if anything better is out there, better the refs
    work at doing a better job and Stern stop acting like the fans
    don’t know what they see.

  7. lyndseymarieee - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    I didn’t see either game. But it seems as though the Mavericks complain about the refs more than any other team in the league. Surely they don’t get screwed THAT much.

  8. borderline1988 - Feb 2, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    They have nothing on the Raptors. If it weren’t for the refs, the Raptors could very well have been in playoffs at the end of this season considering how Boston will probably fall apart whereas Toronto has gotten a lot better.

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