Mavericks owner Mark Cuban blasted the officials in a Twitter rant after the Dallas’ 111-107 loss to the Hawks on Saturday night in Atlanta.
Cuban’s tirade began with a tweet after the Hawks’ John Collins converted on a follow shot, which was credited after a goaltending call was overturned. The basket sealed the game for the Hawks with 8.4 seconds remaining.
“So they call a goaltend,” Cuban wrote. “They literally blew the whistle that it was a goaltend. There was a putback after the whistle. After review they said no goaltend but count the basket? WTF is that? That’s NBA officiating.
Cuban — who, according to ESPN.com, has been fined more than $2 million for publicly bashing referees, wasn’t done questioning the call.
“1 of the refs told us it was an inadvertent whistle, so it was not goaltending,” Cuban wrote in a follow-up tweet. “Doesn’t matter that people stopped. They thought the whistle came after the putback. So the basket counted. So what where they reviewing if it wasn’t a goaltend?”
Crew chief Rodney Mott explained the call after the game.
“The ball was blocked and reviewed,” Mott told a pool reporter. “The ball hit the rim, so it was deemed an inadvertent whistle because it was ruled a good block. By rule, it’s an inadvertent whistle. It’s Rule 2. Because he (Collins) was in his shooting motion when my whistle blew, it’s deemed a continuation, so therefore, the basket counts.”
Cuban didn’t limit his criticism to just this individual call, saying the league has a systemic problem when it comes to officials.
“Refs have bad games,” he tweeted. “Crews have bad games. But this isn’t a single game issue. This is the same s— that has been going on for 20 years. Hire former refs who think they know how to hire, train and manage. Realize 2 years later they can’t. Repeat.”
As for Collins, he was not about to feel sorry for the Mavericks and their short-handed roster. Dallas star point guard Luka Doncic was held out so he could rest his ankle, and so was former Knick Kristaps Porzingis, who was sidelined to rest his knee. Doncic and Porzingis led Dallas to a 122-106 win over the Orlando Magic the night before.
“I feel like I definitely took advantage of the mismatches I had tonight,” said Collins, who scored 35 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. “As you guys know, I can crash the basket pretty well, so I think I definitely took advantage of that and made the most of it.”
Tim Hardaway Jr., another Knick, didn’t blame the loss on that one call.
“We gave up over 30 points in the second quarter again and we let up in the fourth,” said Hardaway, who scored 20 of his season-tying 33 points in the first half. “We were up double digits going into the fourth. We let up. It’s hard to see, but it happened.”
— with AP