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The beauty of the NBA is that it waits for nothing and no one. The Mavericks felt like they got robbed against the Hawks, but as usual with tough losses, a lot of things contributed to it, not just the tough whistle that went against the Mavs in the final seconds. They can’t afford to dwell on it. They have a home game Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves and need to take care of their court, which hasn’t been easy this season, before they depart on a four-game trip.
Even Cuban, who lashed out at the NBA’s referee system and its management teams past and present after the 111-107 loss in Atlanta, knows that taking care of business now has to be front and center for his team. He said that even before the Atlanta game. “We got to win to hold our spot and hopefully move up,” Cuban said, referring to the tight Western Conference standings. “It’s not going to get any easier. The Western Conference is still the Western Conference.”
Cuban's rant began with a tweet after Atlanta's 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's tweet began. "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." In a follow-up tweet, Cuban said, "1 of the refs told us it was an inadvertent whistle, so it was not goaltending. 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?"
The NBA fined Clippers forward Paul George $35,000 on Thursday for publicly criticizing officials after a loss in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Following the 110-103 defeat, George said he believed the Clippers played well but that “there was some home-court cooking tonight, to say the least.” Asked whether he was referring to calls by officials that the Clippers either did not receive or were not called at all, George responded about the differential in foul calls: “I mean, it was 19 to 11. You all figure out what those numbers are. It was 19 to 11.”
Sean Cunningham: Kings coach Luke Walton after picking up a technical in the 3rd quarter, calls over to Luka Doncic and says: "Hey Luka, do me a favor, give him your autograph after the game. (points at official) - He's a fan, he's a fan of yours." 😂😂

http://twitter.com/SeanCunningham/status/1227839546210959362
In a game the Mavericks controlled most of the night, Walton versus Dončić was the most compelling part of a second half dominated by the Mavs. “(Walton) said something I didn’t like about me. That was just it,” Dončić told Fox Sports Southwest in his on-court postgame interview.
“I don’t know,” Walton said. “I have all the respect in the world for him. He got what he wanted tonight, wherever he wanted. I wasn’t saying anything to him. I don’t know if he thought I said something to him, but he had a great game, he’s a great player and he led his team to victory, so give him credit.”
“I think Russ and James shot 31 between the two and our team only shot 25,” Smart said after he had calmed down some. “That’s a big discrepancy.”
Some of Smart’s frustration stems from not feeling he’s getting a benefit of the doubt. As he’s done in the past, Smart feels like he doesn’t have the respect of the officials. “Thought I did. First team all defense, one of the best defensive players in the league, I would think so. Up for defensive player of the year, they’re talking, but obviously not," he said. “Continue to keep working. I mean, we have Jayson Tatum, we have Kemba Walker, all-stars, we have Jaylen Brown, potential all-star, we have Gordon Hayward, was an all-star. We got star guys, too. If that’s the case we should be getting the same calls that those stars are getting.”
Erik Horne: Marcus Smart, who hasn't played in 10 minutes because of foul trouble, felt compelled to come over after the halftime buzzer and argue with officials. Celtics coaches had to step in between him and officials while everyone was walking off the floor. Technical foul on Smart.
Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard will not be fined by the league for his postgame remarks and tweets directed at officials following a missed goaltend that resulted in a loss to the Utah Jazz on Friday night, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Lillard was interviewed by the league on Saturday, sources said.
Sources said the explanation officials provided to a few members of the Trail Blazers on the court at the time of the controversy was that it “wasn’t even close” to a goaltend, which further infuriated the team. "We get to the last play of the game, and they miss an easy call," Lillard said during his postgame address after the 117-114 loss. "And then they tell us that's an easy no-call, like that was obviously not a goaltend. It cost us a f---ing game, man.”

http://twitter.com/tribjazz/status/1226041066052145152
Mark Cuban: This is not an aberration. In our Jan 25th game the NBA admitted there were 3 missed goaltends IN A SINGLE QUARTER ! They blamed the misses on mechanics. ‘That’s something the NBA should look at’: Donovan Mitchell and Jazz agree league officials’ failures deseret.com/sports/2020/2/…
CJ McCollum: Mood 👀

http://twitter.com/CJMcCollum/status/1226039180733476865
It wasn’t just the Blazers that knew the officials were wrong. One by one, Jazz players said that they saw the replay and saw clear goaltending, including the offender. “Obviously after watching the replay you can see that it was goaltending,” Gobert said.
Casey Holdahl: The other thing that really seems to be sticking in the collective craw of the team was the explanation from the officials. According to multiple players, officials said it “wasnt even close” to a goaltend.
Casey Holdahl: I’ve known @Dame_Lillard since his predraft workout in Portland. I have never, EVER, seen him as mad as he was in the postgame locker room. Pure, uncut anger.
Jamie Hudson: Talked w/ tonight's referees. Here's the question I asked: Was Lillard’s shot reviewable for a goaltend, and if so, why was it not reviewed? "No, it was not reviewable, since no goaltending call was made on the floor. Goaltending is only reviewable if we actually call it."
Jusuf Nurkic: That’s all folks

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Enes Kanter: 🤦🏻‍♂️ ROBBED ⌚
Adrian Wojnarowski: NBA fines Orlando coach Steve Clifford $25K for "abusing" officials in Thursday loss to Knicks --- after L2M report concluded that officials failed to see/hear him asking for timeout with 4.4 seconds left and missed a foul call on Knicks with four seconds left.
Oleh Kosel: Mike Malone has been tossed out! Wow. His assistants had to physically restrain him before exiting the arena. He wasn't happy with the late foul call on Brandon Ingram -- although it seemed to be the right call albeit late.
Taking to journalists after leading the Milwaukee Bucks to the win against the Boston Celtics on Thursday evening, Giannis Antetokounmpo confessed that can improve in terms of earning fouls. “The way NBA is built, it wants you to flop. It kinda wants you be weak,” the Greek Freak noted, “When you’re strong and going through contact, they don’t call the foul.”
Attempted 20 free throws for the night anyway. Made ten of those shots en route for the team-high 30 points. Accounted for 17 rebounds, seven dimes and a pair of blocks as well. “That’s not who I am. I am just going to going to power through the contact,” he added, “Sometimes they are going to grab me or push me. I got to show it more. I think I’ve done a better job showing it more.”
John Denton: According to the NBA’s Last 2 Minute report, @Phoenix Suns G Devin Booker should have been called for a foul when @Orlando Magic C Nikola Vucevic posted up with 22.1 seconds left. Down 2, Vucevic lost the ball after “Booker (PHX) wraps Vucevic (ORL) in the post,” per the L2M report.
Pacers coach Nate McMillan said Jimmy Butler should have been given a second technical foul, resulting in an automatic ejection, after T.J. Warren’s ejection during Wednesday’s Heat win at Indiana. “They said [Warren] was clapping at Butler, but Butler was also kissing at him,” McMillan said. “None of the officials saw [Butler blowing kisses]. Both guys should’ve been ejected in that situation. Emotions, they’re going to happen.”
Only Warren was ejected, for clapping his hands in Butler’s face after Butler was called for an offensive foul against him. “We needed to see some fight,” McMillan said. “We needed to see some scrap. I like that Warren was trying to get aggressive defensively and Butler reacted to the pressure defense. I don’t think it was anything dirty by Warren. He didn’t slam him to the floor or anything. Butler responded by getting into his face.”
Brad Townsend: @luka7doncic on Rick Carlisle’s assertion that teams are beating the s*** out of him. "It's true, I'm not going to lie, but, you know, it's just basketball. It's a physical game. If the refs see it, they're going to call it. If they don't see it, they're not going to call it. But I've just got to keep going. "
Andrew Greif: A technical foul has been called on Kawhi Leonard. He was being really vocal toward official Eric Dalen earlier, wanting an out-of-bounds call to go the Clippers' way. Doc Rivers spoke to officials at half's end about the tech.
The NBA has seen a rise in offensive numbers over the last 10 years, as the league has prioritized its rules to cater to high-scoring games. While the trend has helped offensive output, it has caught the ire of both Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who hopes to see subtle rule changes going forward. "I would like to see a slight reversal in what we're trying to accomplish as a league," Kerr said prior to Tuesday's game against the Spurs. "I think we've gone overboard in rewarding offensive players. And what I mean by that is we've rewarded offensive players for fooling the officials and attempting to fool the officials."
"I think we need to get back to the point where players need to earn fouls and earn it by beating their man," Kerr said, "and drawing contact in a natural way and not flopping and flailing and grabbing arms and that's going on all over the league. "We have to decide as a league, are we going to call fouls that people would laugh about at a pickup game? That's what we have to decide ultimately. And to me that's where we've gone overboard."
David Locke: Alex Jensen will take over for the Utah Jazz. 2nd time Quin Snyder has been ejected in his career
Scott Kushner: Alvin Gentry ejected. Two techs both called after Hart didn’t get an And-1. But Gentry has been in refs ears all game long.
Kellan Olson: Monty Williams said today he thinks the league did a disservice to Devin Booker for his technical foul yesterday. They were told Booker cussed someone out and Williams and Booker both said that's not the case. Williams said it really bothered him and it wasn't fair to Devin.
Sean Grande: The NBA's L2M report confirms Josh Richardson fouled Jaylen Brown on the Tatum inbound with :25.7 left. The no-call, arguably in a dead-ball situation, instead resulted in a turnover essentially ending the game. The streak of L2M reports making no one feel better continues.
The NBA announced Monday that it has denied the Houston Rockets' protest of their 135-133, double-overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs last week. At issue was a James Harden breakaway dunk with 7:50 remaining that would have given the Rockets a 104-89 lead. The ball whipped through the net and back over the rim before bouncing off, and the officiating crew mistakenly ruled that Harden missed the dunk and denied Houston coach Mike D'Antoni's attempt to challenge the call.
The league did announce that it has disciplined all three referees from the game for misapplying the coach's challenge rule. The NBA also said it will work with its competition committee to develop procedures to ensure the situation does not reoccur. D'Antoni was unhappy the officials were disciplined. "I hate it for them,'' he said. "They just made a mistake. We all make mistakes. So I hate it. That's probably the worst part of it. They're trying to get it right, and I'm sure they had good intentions.''
Mark Berman: Mike D’Antoni on #Rockets protest being denied by NBA:”I didn’t think we were going to win. It is what it is.” (On the 3 refs being disciplined) “I hate it for them.They just made a mistake.We all make mistakes. That’s probably the worst part of it.They’re trying to get it right” pic.twitter.com/rusJP4Br14
Ben Golliver: NBA has denied Rockets' protest of recent loss to Spurs. Adam Silver agreed referees "misapplied rules" but determined there was "sufficient time to overcome error" & didn't grant "extraordinary remedy" of protest. Three refs were disciplined for erring on Coach Challenge rule
The Wizards feel like the opposite isn’t happening. Beal gets hit, but it’s not ruled a foul. Then, the same play happens on the other end and Beal ends up getting whistled for hacking an opposing player. “For me, off-ball is something I wrestle with refs all the time about because you’re supposed to have freedom of movement and half the time, I don’t even have freedom to go touch my teammate on the shoulder if I want to,” Beal said. “So, it’s just those things that are frustrating. Things that are blatant, obvious, should be called and (they’re) not called. But us as a team, I gotta be better at being physical, getting more open, stop complaining and we just gotta be better at screening for each other, me setting screens, and just figure out ways. I just can’t keep accepting it.”
Tim MacMahon: Luka Doncic acknowledges that he’s often too animated with officials. “Sometimes I’ve got to calm down and just go to the next play,” he said.
Tom Orsborn: Pop reacts to Rockets protest: "There are calls missed for both teams all through every game. And players miss shots & coaches make bad decisions & you move on. There's never 1 play you can single out & say, ‘That’s the most important thing in the game & that’s why won or lost.'
After officials upheld Toronto Raptors wing OG Anunoby’s charge against still-shuffling Boston Celtics star Kemba Walker on the fourth night of the NBA season, Raptors coach Nick Nurse said from a TD Garden hallway, “I’m 0-for-2 on challenges, and I can’t believe it. I don’t have any idea what I’m doing here. Zero.”
“You see it gradually going up, so I think they are making improvement on successful challenges,” Joe Borgia, the NBA’s senior vice president of replay and referee operations, told Yahoo Sports of the rising success rate for coaches over the season’s first six weeks. “Now, the hard thing about it is, just because they were successful doesn’t mean it benefited them. ... So, I can’t imagine how difficult it is on them.”
Yahoo Sports reached out to all 30 teams seeking input from coaches on their feelings about the challenge through the first quarter of its inaugural season and the strategies they are using to maximize it during this trial campaign. Most declined to go on record, some of whom have publicly denounced it. One coach threw his endorsement behind the newly implemented tactic: NBA Coaches Association president Rick Carlisle. “I believe that any time you have a mechanism that could potentially correct an error in an NBA game that it’s a positive thing,” the Dallas Mavericks coach told Yahoo Sports. “I believe it protects the integrity of the competition, so I like the rule, and I believe as time goes on more and more people will feel the same way.”
Multiple coaches, however, have yet to see the benefit of the challenge. Asked what improvements he might make, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, “I would tweak it by getting rid of it altogether. “In fact, I would get rid of all replay if it were up to me, because these stoppages in play just aren’t good for the game,” Kerr told Yahoo Sports. (FYI: His five successful challenges so far trail only Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens.) “I’d rather see a good flow in the game. We stop the game for so many reasons, and yet even with replay, we don’t get all the calls right. It’s impossible to get all the calls right in the NBA. It’s such a fast game, and there are so many bang-bang calls that could go either way, so even with replay you see plays on tape all the time that you think you got a raw deal on. In my mind, there should be no replay. “We should just live with the results,” added Kerr.
Tim MacMahon: Sources: Rockets’ hope is that final 7:50 will be replayed with Houston up by 15 points. Rockets have no expectation that NBA would award them a win based on Houston actually outscoring Spurs in regulation, which was a possibility raised by a Rockets source in wake of the loss.
The Rockets prepared to file a protest of Tuesday’s loss to the Spurs, a person with knowledge of the team’s plans said, with an argument that will cite the James Harden dunk that did not count as an example of a “misapplication of rules.” It will also cite subsequent errors in officials’ failing to grant a coaches’ challenge, though the primary argument is with points not being awarded following a made basket.
Welcome to the opening weeks of the NBA's coach's challenge. ESPN asked head coaches from almost half the league's 30 teams for their input on the challenge system. The views ranged from hostile to constructive, but there wasn't an endorsement to be found. But for all the frustration and bewilderment the new rule has created across the league, don't expect it to go the way of the NBA's synthetic basketball.
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