Update: Mavericks owner Mark Cuban explained why the Mavs intend to protest. Also see coach Jason Kidd‘s comments below.
“For those wondering about the play with 1:54 to go on the third, let me explain what happened,” Cuban tweeted. “The ref called Mavs ball. The announcer announced it. Then there was a timeout. During the timeout, the official changed the call and never told us. Then when they saw us line up as if it were our ball, he just gave the ball to the warriors. Never said a word to us. They got an easy (basket).
“Crazy that it would matter in a two-point game. Worst officiating non-call mistake possibly in the history of the NBA. All they had to do was tell us and they didn’t.”
For those wondering about the play with 1:54 to go on the 3rd, let me explain what happened. The ref called Mavs ball . The announcer announced it. Then there was a timeout . During the time out the official changed the call and never told us. Then when they saw us line up as…
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) March 23, 2023
The Mavericks are planning to file a protest to the NBA regarding their 127-125 home loss to the Warriors on Wednesday, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Usually in these situations, the league will listen to the Mavs’ complaint, but it’s highly unlikely anything will be done to change the outcome.
With the win, the Warriors (38-36) moved 1.5 games ahead of the Mavs (36-37) for sixth place in the Western Conference standings. As of this writing, the Mavs are in ninth place in the West and would be relegated to the play-in tournament.
Jason Kidd on the bizarre third-quarter sequence that gifted Golden State two points. pic.twitter.com/hQgkoEdbVT
— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) March 23, 2023
More to come …