Former NBA star Vince Carter isn’t buying what the Dallas Mavericks were selling following the team’s controversial two-point loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.
In the third quarter, the Mavs seemed to think they would have possession after the ball went out of bounds, but the ball was eventually handed to the Warriors along the sideline.
Many of the Mavs players were already on the other side of the court when they realized the Warriors had the ball.
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Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he plans to file a protest with the league over the play.
But Carter pointed to the issue that he believes questions the Mavericks’ protest.
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«Even if you go into timeout thinking it’s your ball, you make a play for your team to serve the ball thinking it’s your ball,» Carter said Thursday during an appearance on ESPN.
«If you realize, when the team came back on the court, the ball was in front of the Golden State Warriors bench. No player is there to get the ball, even if you think it’s your ball like the Dallas Maverick. The confusion could have been handled if your player is down there serving the ball, and he says, ‘Wait, it’s our ball. You said it’s our ball.’ His five guys were at the other end of the court, so where’s the confusion?» .
In 2020, the eight-time NBA All-Star signed a multi-year deal with ESPN to serve as an NBA and college basketball analyst.
The problem is not where the entrance pass came from. But if the Mavericks really thought they had possession of the ball, it’s unclear why no one in a Mavericks uniform was on the baseline to receive the ball from the referee.
Cuban claimed that officials changed the initial decision without notifying his team.
«For those who are wondering about the play with 1:54 remaining to the end of the 3, I explain what happened», Cuban he tweeted after the game. «The umpire called the Mavs ball. The announcer announced it. Then there was a timeout. During the timeout, the umpire changed the call and never told us. Then when they saw us lined up like it was our ball, he just called the ball. ball to the warriors. They never said a word to us. They got an easy basketball. It’s crazy that it would matter in a 2 point game. Worst no-call officiating error possibly in NBA history. All they had to do was to tell us and they didn’t do it».
There have been 35 protests in NBA history, but only eight have been successful.
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The Mavericks’ protest is unlikely to be the ninth successful protest. The Warriors won 127-125. The loss dropped the Mavericks to 36-37 on the season.