The Mavericks will protest the two-point loss to the Warriors after Golden State scored an undisputed dunk
Dallas will protest the two-point loss to the Warriors after the rivals pulled off an undisputed dunk when Mavs thought they had the ball as team governor Mark Cuban hits the “worst officiating non-call error.”
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban blew up NBA officials for a bizarre moment in a 127-125 loss to the Golden State Warriors as the team prepared to file a formal protest.
According to multiple reports, the Mavs will file a protest after Golden State scored an uncontested basket late in the third quarter, which Cuban says stemmed from confusion over who had possession.
“For those wondering if the 1:54 play should play on the 3rd, let me explain what happened,” Cuban tweeted.
“The referee called Mavs Ball. The announcer announced it. Then there was a break. During the time out the officer changed the call and never told us. Then when they saw us line up like it was our ball, he just gave the ball to the warriors.
“Never said a word to us. You have an easy basketball. Crazy that it would matter in a 2 point game. Worst non-call error in NBA history. They just had to tell us and they didn’t.’
Mark Cuban couldn’t believe the Warriors were awarded an undisputed basket in the third quarter
Kevon Looney had an easy dunk in the inbounds game. The Mavericks thought they had the ball after official Andy Nagy pointed in the direction of Golden State for possession, but then quickly pointed to the Dallas bench to indicate a timeout.
Looney protested when Nagy pointed to the Dallas bench, but Nagy seemed to explain that he was signaling the time-out. The public address announcer also stated that possession was awarded to Dallas.
After the break, the Mavericks lined up on their offensive end and gave Looney the easy no-defender dunk as the Warriors took a 90-87 lead
Crew chief Sean Wright disagreed with Cuban’s assessment of the pivotal moment.
“There’s a second signal, but that signal is for a mandatory timeout that was attributable to the Mavs,” Wright said of the pool report.
Dallas coach Jason Kidd’s claim was that official Michael Smith must have believed the Mavericks had possession because he was at the same end of the floor as the Mavs.
“There were quite a few people out of position,” Kidd said after the game. ‘It’s correctable, but first you have to admit there was a mistake.’
The win for Golden State was crucial in the context of seeding the Western Conference.
The Mavericks player was at the opposite end of the court when Kevon Looney received an easy basket
Currently, the reigning champions (38-36) are two games ahead of the Mavs (36-37). If Dallas had won instead, it would be No. 6 instead of its current No. 9 spot.
Under the NBA Constitution, a team must fax or email NBA Commissioner Adam Silver within 48 hours of the conclusion of a game if it has an objection to the result.
A check payable to the League for $10,000 must also be submitted for the protest to be considered.
“If the member filing the protest wins, the $10,000 must be returned. If the member does not prevail, the $10,000 will be forfeited and remain in the club’s treasury.
Silver has five days from receipt to assess the result. The likelihood that the commissioner will rule in favor of the Mavericks is more than slim.
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/nba/article-11893069/Mavericks-protest-two-point-loss-Warriors-Golden-State-score-uncontested-dunk.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The Mavericks will protest the two-point loss to the Warriors after Golden State scored an undisputed dunk