For the second time in two weeks, the NBA office released a statement acknowledging that the opponent should have been awarded potentially tying free throws in the final second of a Mavericks victory.
“After reviewing postgame video, we have determined a foul should have been called on Dallas’ Monta Ellis for illegal contact on the arms of New Orleans’ Austin Rivers while Rivers was attempting a three-point field goal,” NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said in a statement released Sunday, the day after Dallas’ 110-107 win over New Orleans. “Rivers should have been awarded three free throws with 0.6 left on the clock.”
The Mavs’ win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Dec. 30 ended in similar fashion. Thorn released a statement the next day acknowledging that Shawn Marion should have been called for a foul that would have given Kevin Love a chance to shoot free throws to send the game into overtime.
New Orleans coach Monty Williams criticized the officiating in the wake of the no-call Saturday night.
“That’s just too bad,” Williams said. “That’s just not right. If we stopped it with .5 on the clock, Monta Ellis’ arm is across Austin’s — both of his arms for a 3-point shot. It’s hard to swallow that kind of no-call in a game like that, especially when Dirk [Nowitzki] gets the same call on the right side in the first half.
“That’s a tough one. Then, I think they shot 45 free throws. So it’s hard to swallow that. Certainly not going to blame the game on the refs, but certainly didn’t like the call at the end.” ESPN
Here are the two calls in question:
December 30, 2013: Dallas Mavericks 100, Minnesota Timberwolves 98
January 11, 2014: Dallas Mavericks 110, New Orleans Hornets 107
I can see why some fans were not happy with those non-calls. – AL