The Dallas Mavericks were frustrated on Feb. 22 when a call went against them that virtually decided the game versus the Hawks. Why does it keep happening?
The Dallas Mavericks suffered a heartbreaking loss on Saturday night. They faced the Hawks in Atlanta on the second night of a back-to-back. The Mavs got out to a massive lead without Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. They faltered down the stretch and suffered a 111-107 defeat at the hands of the Hawks.
The Mavericks failed to convert in the final three minutes. They shot one of five from the field and missed two of their four free throw attempts. That is only part of the reason for the loss, though.
The Mavs were again involved in an officiating gaffe that set off team owner Mark Cuban. Fans can see his tweets here. He will certainly be fined for criticizing the officials, but was he right to do it?
The Mavericks have been on the wrong side of multiple calls that decided games this season. Let us take a look back and try to determine why it keeps happening.
Fans will remember this Nov. 1 game. The Dallas Mavericks were on the wrong end of two late calls that could have decided the game according to the Last Two Minute Report. Luka Doncic was fouled by Anthony Davis with 14 seconds left and Dallas up by two, but it was not called. The Lakers then hit the game-winning shot while Dwight Howard fouls Seth Curry and again no call.
The two missed calls ultimately cost the Mavericks a victory as the Lakers won 119-110 in overtime.