Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban went on a rant on Twitter and accused the refs of screwing up a play with 1:54 left in the third quarter in last night’s game between the Mavericks and Warriors. The play had a huge impact on the Mavs down the end, as they lost the game just by two points to the surging Warriors.
The basket in question gave the Warriors a 98-96 lead early in the fourth quarter and they went on to have a 5-0 run after the alleged miscommunication from the referees.
Mavs coach Jason Kidd argued relentlessly with referee Michael Smith after the play happened but the ref didn’t budge and went on to do his work on the court.
According to Cuban, he considers the sequence as ‘the worst non-call in NBA history’. The Mavericks are planning to file a formal protest about the mistake to the office of the NBA but that is an exercise in futility as there are multiple video angles that prove that the referees called the play correctly and that Dallas was largely at fault in the incident.
After the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr offered his thoughts about the controversy.
Luka Doncic played his first game after missing a few weeks because of an injury and led the team with 30 points, 7 rebounds, and 17 assists. Kyrie Irving sat out of the game because of a foot injury. The Warriors were led by Kuminga’s 22 points and Curry’s 20 points.
The Mavs are currently faced with the possibility of missing the playoffs since 2020 – a plunge that nobody anticipated since they made the West Finals last year. The Warriors also have struggled this season but they are still the defending champs and nobody should take them lightly especially come playoff time.