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Disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy said he believes the Dallas Mavericks were screwed out of an NBA championship during their 2006 matchup with the Miami Heat. “Basically, Dallas was up in the series,” Donaghy said on the Forgotten Maverick Podcast. “With that being said, the way it was back then, was that the NBA would come in in order to extend a series, to go over plays that they felt should have went in Miami’s favor that didn’t and that went in Dallas’s favor that shouldn’t have and they started to program and training the referees to look for certain things.”
In the 2006 Finals, Donaghy cited Ed Rush’s dislike of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. “Let’s not forget at that time, Ed Rush was the supervisor of officials,” Donaghy said. “And he hated Mark Cuban’s guts. He absolutely hated Mark Cuban. “He’s programming and training these referees to look for certain things that definitely put Miami at an advantage. Ed Rush used to tell us that Mark Cuban was someone that created a lot of extra work for us, constantly calling the league office and that really just got everyone to start to dislike Cuban.”
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Jeff Zillgitt: Bucks coach Jason Kidd fined $15K for public criticism of officiating. Stems from Tuesday’s loss to the Cavs.
NBA Referees: Now that we all have #280Characters, we expect your Twitter complaints about specific calls against your favorite teams to be calm, well-reasoned, and full of complete sentences. Thanks in advance for this positive step forward in basketball officiating-related discourse.”
Matt Velazquez: Jason Kidd expressed his displeasure with NBA officiating, not just tonight but over the past few games with major FT disparity. Team has to stop fouling, sure, but he believes his guys aren’t getting same calls. He expects a fine will be coming his way.
Matt Velazquez: I asked Kidd about his philosophy when it comes to demonstrating/getting T’s when he’s not happy with the refs. Said, “Well I think I just got a fine.” Also mentioned that he was talking with the refs throughout the game.
For better or for worse, everyone gets 280 characters on Twitter now. While no one is sure how awful or great this will be in the long run, there were some fantastic tweets on the day that the character count expanded. One of the best sports-related ones came from the official Twitter account of the National Basketball Referees Association.
Ejected for a flagrant foul 2 in the third quarter of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 103-99 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, a restrained Carmelo Anthony said he disagreed with the call but didn’t expand much more beyond that. “I don’t have no thoughts,” Anthony told reporters following the game. “I don’t have anything to say about that play. I think the league will do what’s right.”
“I’ve never seen in the history of the game a guy get an and-1 play and then get ejected from the game,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan told reporters. “That’s probably something you’ve got to talk to the league about.”
Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook offered his assessment of the ruling. “It’s nonsense, man,” he said of the ejection. “It don’t make any sense.”
Reggie Miller: The NBA is so SOFT!! Carmelo got thrown out for that?? Mind you call on floor was a foul on Nurkic!! What a joke, seriously, A JOKE.
Anthony Slater: Tom Izzo was in Denver to visit Draymond Green today. His message: Stop complaining about calls. Draymond on the Izzo friendship
Chase Hughes: Kyle Lowry just got ejected. That should help the Wizards without John Wall. Wow.
With Izzo in town for the Warriors’ 128-107 win over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, Green’s former coach offered brutal honesty to a man who also speaks his mind. “What are you doing? You cry about every call,” Izzo said. “You’re worried about the wrong things.”
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr apologized for the disturbing language he directed at an official during Thursday’s win over the San Antonio Spurs. Cameras caught Kerr roaming the sidelines when he uttered, “”F— you m—–f—–.”
“I need to do better. Honestly, I need to do better,” he said. “That was embarrassing. My daughter sent me the meme of it. It was all over the internet. I just hung my head in shame. I am very passionate and intense, but I can’t use that kind of wording. I would never say that to anybody in a normal setting. It’s just awful. When I saw that, I was like, ‘Oh my God. What’s the matter with me?'”
Kerr wasn’t the only coach who had choice words for the officials. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was ejected late in the contest. He was seen saying, “Terrible f—ing referee.” “Well that’s where I learned it. I blamed Pop afterward,” Kerr said sarcastically. “You’re the one who taught me that stuff, Pop. I think he may have said something similar when he got tossed. But yeah, sometimes the temper and the competitive desire gets the best of us.”
Mark Medina: Pop gets thrown out of the game. Pop and Kerr combined for three T’s tonight.
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr going after Marc Davis, just got his first T of the season, and Mike Brown delivered his first ‘hold me back’ of the season.
“They’re playing physical against me and all those little contacts maybe that go into my turnaround jumpers I get a little touch on my elbow or something — it changes your shot so much,” Porzingis said after the Knicks’ 110-89 loss to the Celtics on Tuesday night. “It’s hard for a lot of defenders to block my shot actually so I’m trying to tell the referees all those little contacts on my elbow, some on my arm, it’s bothering my shot and it shouldn’t be allowed. “It’s tough to see for sure. But I just got to be able to make those shots through contact I guess.”
“I think it’s tough for sure because a lot of the guys are up with their hands, straight up, but I just go into my shot and the hand just barely touches your elbow and you can feel it,” Porzingis said. “When you release the ball it’s long or whatever. “I don’t want to be complaining about little things but it happens and refs are going to do their best to try to call that for sure but it is what it is.”
The NBA announced Monday there was one incorrect no-call and noted the officiating crew didn’t see Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau calling for timeout in the final 5 seconds of the frantic finish against the Thunder that led to Andrew Wiggins’ game-winning buzzer-beater on Sunday.
Karl-Anthony Towns’ screen on Paul George that freed Wiggins was ruled to have been illegal, based on Towns’ stance being too wide. The report notes Towns was stationary but his leg was out, which clipped George.
When asked why the offense grew stagnant after the loss where the Pistons trailed by 15 points with 10:29 remaining before mounting a furious comeback, Jackson said they weren’t allowed to play basketball. “Personally, I might be ashamed of myself if I wore stripes into the building tonight,” Jackson said after scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter to key the comeback.
Derrick Rose left the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 116-97 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday with a sprained left ankle stemming from a hit by Bucks center Greg Monroe that the former MVP said should have been called a flagrant foul. “I think I’m the only person in the league that’s not getting a flagrant for that call, bro,” Rose said after scoring 12 points in 23 minutes before exiting the game for good with 10:12 remaining in the fourth quarter. “Come on, man. Like, I’m sure I’m the only player, but it is what it is. … That’s a common foul. Wow. Come on.”
“I ain’t got calls in the last seven years, so I definitely understand what he’s talking about,” Wade said. “It’s unfortunate, a guy goes down and he can’t protect himself. From what we’re told, as players, if they go around the neck it’s automatic. And, Derrick said it when he got here. He said, ‘Listen, y’all, I ain’t gonna get calls.’ And it continues to happen to him. But he’s going to keep attacking the rim. That’s his nature and that’s who he is and we know that. So, hopefully next time, it’s rewarded.”
Asked if he was surprised, McCollum could only make a joke. “I should have known that they were going to suspend me,” he said. “It cost me a lot of money and the first game of the season. But I should have known better with my history of violence on the court that I would be suspended.”
Brett Dawson: Westbrook gets a technical for telling Lauren Holtkamp “That’s bullsh*t!” Looked like he wanted a call on Casper Ware for hand checking.
Leonard said he’s glad the NBA implemented a new rule in which they can call flagrant or technical fouls on players who jump dangerously close to shooters and don’t give them a clear path to land. “I just think it’s good to protect the players from getting hurt,” he said. “It happened in the past to the players I saw when I wasn’t in the NBA. So I think it’s a good rule just for the defender to be cautious, and not to injure the player.”
Leonard initially said he didn’t think Pachulia meant to hurt him, though many thought the closeout play in Game 1 was dirty, including Popovich. Leonard was asked Monday whether he reconsidered. “It’s over with now,” he said. “I’d just rather talk about the new season. If it was dirty, if it wasn’t, it’s not going to help anything right now.”
Brett Dawson: Presti glad the league is looking into what we’ll call the “James Harden Rule,” but says he’d have loved them to do it before the playoffs.
CJ McCollum: 😂😂 let the conspiracy theories begin
CJ McCollum: Lol . NBA want 7 games just like us. Send out the suspensions again 😂😂😂
Patrick Patterson: At least don’t make it obvious! #NBAFinals
J. Michael Falgoust: League concludes Horford’s screen on final play was legal but Smart’s screen that led to Jerebko breaking 106 tie illegal #CavsCeltics
The NBA said in a Last Two Minute report Saturday that the Celtics should have had an extra second on the clock before the final play in the Washington Wizards’ 92-91 triumph on Friday. Thomas missed a rushed, off-balance 3-point heave before the final buzzer.
“I could take another dribble. I could have got past [Markieff] Morris, probably. A little bit, got a little bit more separation,” Thomas said after Boston’s off-day practice on Sunday. “It is what it is. We can’t worry about that. It just sucks that they came out with it and said we should have had another second.”
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens in lost second in Game 6: Understand it’s not reviewable. Stuff happens. You have to move on.
Kyle Draper: NBA admits clock ran an extra second to 1.7 when Olynyk was fouled. Says clock should have been stopped earlier but play not reviewable.
Jeff Zillgitt: From NBA Last Two-Minute Report on Celtics-Wizards: Horford should’ve been called for illegal screen on A.Bradley shot giving Cs 89-87 lead.
Jay King: Isaiah Thomas on Oubre-Olynyk: “They know who to go at. The whole NBA knows certain players they can target and certain players they can’t.”
Jay King: Isaiah Thomas on Oubre suspension: “He should be suspended.”
Jay King: Kelly Olynyk: “I don’t think I’m a dirty player. My teammates don’t think I’m a dirty player.”
Jay King: Olynyk on Oubre: “I don’t really know him that well. I thought he was a good guy.”
J. Michael Falgoust: Oubre says he reached out and apologized to ref Monty McCutcheon after ejection #WizCeltics
The NBA is suspending the Washington Wizards’ Kelly Oubre Jr. for Game 4 on Sunday, league sources told The Vertical. Oubre, 21, will serve a one-game penalty for shoving Boston’s Kelly Olynyk to the floor in a Wizards Game 3 victory on Thursday.
Candace Buckner: Can confirm @Adrian Wojnarowski’s info: #Wizards F Kelly Oubre Jr. will be suspended for Game 4 vs BOS on Sunday
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has felt ignored by officials whenever he aggressively drives to the rim. This has been his season-long gripe that naturally has carried over to the rough-and-tumble playoff series against the Boston Celtics. “No. Nah,” Wall responded when asked directly if he believes he gets respect from officials.
While this is nothing new, on Thursday Wall revealed for the first time that he views himself similarly to LeBron James in this aspect. “I think I get the same treatment as LeBron gets when he drives,” Wall said ahead of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal round. “I think I’m too big and physical, so guys bounce off me and they think I’m supposed to play through it, so I just keep playing and, like, coach tells me, don’t worry about it. Just try to finish plays without worrying about the fouls. So that’s all I can do.”
Candace Buckner: I. Thomas on Oubre: “I don’t know what he was doing. I mean the screens we’ve been setting…for the most part, I think they’ve been legal.”
Mark Murphy: Beal & Wall make their case for more calls. Beal: ““I get held up coming off every screen. Coming off a pick-and-roll, I get held.”
Brooks delivered the line like he did not want to discuss the officiating. But he returned to the topic later, unprovoked, to share a desire for the Celtics to keep their hands off Bradley Beal. The shooting guard scored just 14 points on 4-for-15 shooting and committed six turnovers. He also missed some critical shots, including a potential game-winner at the end of regulation. “We have to do a better job of getting their hands off of him, one,” Brooks said. “If they’re going to allow him to be guarded that way we’ve got to make some adjustments ourselves. We’re going to look at the film and try to figure out how to get their hands off him. You’re not allowed to do that, but we have to figure out how to get some better looks for him. But that’s part of something we have to figure that out as a staff.”
Spencer Checketts: Rudy: “I tried to play basketball tonight, but maybe I just wasn’t allowed.”
When a reporter asked Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg if Isaiah Thomas carried the ball during the Boston Celtics’ Game 5 win on Wednesday night, Hoiberg abruptly stood up and left the podium. “No,” was all he said before getting up and walking away.
The NBA said an investigation “is underway” into Rockets’ owner Leslie Alexander’s getting up from his courtside seat to have a few words with official Bill Kennedy in the first half. Alexander appeared to say something to Kennedy during a Thunder possession before returning to his seat.
Alexander declined to give any detail beyond he was “upset … really upset.” Rockets guard James Harden said he didn’t see his owner get up. “He did that?” a surprised Harden said after the game. “He’s the coolest guy. I would have helped him.”
Jenny Dial Creech: Les Alexander said he wasn’t going to talk about getting up to talk to ref. He just said he was upset at the time it happened.
David Hardisty: Rockets owner Les Alexander just got out of his seat, walked all the way over to the ref and said something.
If there’s one thing Stern doesn’t love – never has, and never will – it’s the chronic complaints from coaches about officiating this time of year. Here’s looking at you David Fizdale and Fred Hoiberg. “(It’s) really just a modern version of what a coach tries to do to inspire his players and attempt to influence the officiating,” Stern said. “That’s as old as Pat Riley and Phil Jackson (doing it) back in the day. If the moon is up during the playoffs – (if it’s not) on a Sunday or a Saturday afternoon – the coaches will be baying at the moon and at the officiating.
The NBA said Monday that two crucial traveling violations went uncalled in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first-round closeout win in Game 4 over the Indiana Pacers. According to the league’s Last Two Minute Report, LeBron James moved his pivot foot at the start of his dribble before sinking a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Cavs’ 106-102 win. Indiana’s Paul George had a shot at a potential tying 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds remaining that the league also determined should not have counted because George also moved his pivot foot before starting his dribble.
Daryl Morey: Interesting photo from the great @coomerchron
KC Johnson: Rajon Rondo is appealing his fine but otherwise declined comment about his fine.
The facts of NBA life, as explained by Nelson and other former coaches Bleacher Report interviewed, may be universally accepted, but Fizdale’s assertion that Gregg Popovich’s pedigree gives his team an unfair advantage over a team with a first-year coach is dangerous, according to P.J. Carlesimo. The former head coach, and Popovich’s top assistant from 2002-07, cautioned Fizdale about making his complaint seem personal. “‘Fiz’ is treading on very, very thin ice,” Carlesimo said. “To even imply that the officials ref the Spurs differently, or Kawhi differently, is not a good place to go. I don’t know what he intended, but if he is implying the officials are not being fair because it’s Kawhi vs. Zach [Randolph] or David Fizdale vs. Gregg Popovich, that’s not something you want to be even hinting at.”
Anyone who expects a dramatic reversal of officiating fortunes in Thursday’s Game 3 at FedEx Forum may want to lower expectations. “It will have zero effect on officiating,” Carlesimo said. “Every crew, even in the first round, will have officials who have worked hundreds of playoff games, and the chance of their being swayed by a coach’s comments or what is written in the press is zero. They are above it. It’s the way it should be. The league has their back, and they could care less what is said.
Those numbers only got bigger in the second half, as the Grizzlies shot 35 times in the paint but only took 15 free throws, while the Spurs shot 18 times in the paint yet took 32 free throws. Fizdale became increasingly unhappy as spoke, saying, “Kawhi shot more free throws than our whole team. Explain it to me.” If you were thinking that Fizdale may be teetering on if he’ll get a fine or not, this part should end that discussion. “It’s unfortunate that I got a guy like Mike Conley who in whole career has zero technical fouls. He just cannot seem to get the proper respect from the officials that he deserves. We don’t get the respect that these guys deserve because Mike Conley doesn’t go crazy. He has class, and he just plays the game, but I’m not gonna let them treat us that way. I know Pop has pedigree and I’m a young rookie but they’re not gonna ‘rook’ us. That’s unacceptable that was unprofessional. My guys dug in that game and earned to be in that game but they did not even give us a chance. Take that for data.”
Jabari Young: Fizdale went off… #Grizzlies #Spurs
Gary Washburn: The technical foul against Isaiah Thomas in Game 1 vs. #Bulls has been rescinded by the NBA #Celtics
Gary Washburn: On the play, Thomas thought he was fouled by Cristiano Felicio on a drive and gave Kane Fitzgerald a whatever wave after no-call. #Celtics
Charles F. Gardner: The NBA has rescinded the technical foul called on Giannis Antetokounmpo late in the fourth quarter of Game 1 Saturday, league confirms.
Charles F. Gardner: DeRozan took some offense but Giannis said after the game he was not gesturing at the Raptors player and was just “excited.”
Josh Lewenberg: Casey on Delly: “He’s not in our minds. I didn’t go to bed thinking about Dellavedova”, but reiterated many of his screens were illegal
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Fred Katz: Melo on the Thunder’s struggles: “Now we’re just playing too unselfish, too timid, we’re thinking too much. Russ, PG, myself, we have to do a better job of being selfish in a way of playing our game and being aggressive on the basketball court.”
Darnell Mayberry: Suns interim coach Jay Triano on Lauri Markkanen: “He’s going to be a great player. He is a good player now. Our scouting reports today are concerned about how are we going to stop him, how we’re not going to let him get comfortable.” #Bulls #BullsNation