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No call in Nuggets-Mavericks game has Dallas stewing

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carmelo-anthony-bad-call.jpgIt was certainly something you don't see every day.

An NBA player irate that he hadn't been called for a foul.

In the waning seconds of the Dallas Mavericks-Denver Nuggets game this afternoon, Mavs' Antoine Wright committed what looked to the untrained eye to be a pretty intentional foul on the Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony.

And yet, the whistle never blew.

Anthony continued his motion, draining a three-pointer to give Denver a one-point lead with a second remaining -- an advantage they held onto to take a 3-0 lead in the series.

The league admitted after the game that a foul should have been called, but that's little consolation to Dallas. No NBA team has ever come down from a 3-0 series deficit to win.

"At the end of the Dallas-Denver game this evening, the officials missed an intentional foul committed by Antoine Wright on Carmelo Anthony, just prior to Anthony's three-point basket."
The almost-always vocal Mark Cuban has been surprisingly mum on the situation, but there are reports that both he and Josh Howard has run-ins with members of the media shortly after the final whistle.

So, where does this rank on the all-time officiating gaffs list? After reading up on some of some miserable calls I'd forgotten about, this one doesn't seem as bad.

Unless you're a Mavs fan, of course.

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That was either the worst execution of an intentional foul ever, or Wright was hoping to get away with a no call that would cause Melo to turn the ball over or miss. If he really wanted the intentional foul he should have been much less ambiguous in his actions and wrapped up Melo. There is a way to foul intentionally, make it obvious, and not get a technical.

Waaaaa. Waaaaaa. Somebody call teh Wambulance.

You know, in the college game when you need to intentionally foul someone, you grab them. You give them a bear hug. You leave no doubt. Here, not only did the chest bump look like it could have been initiated by Carmelo, it was the type of light contact that the officials (to their credit) had not called all game. And, also, to their credit, the officials we're going to let that whimpy incidental defensive conduct decide this game.

What happened was simple: with a foul to give, Dallas blew the execution of the foul. They took it for granted. They stopped playing, even though there was no whistle. And Melo didn't.

I am surprised that this fails to make your list of the biggest gaffes of all time.

1. The referees should expect for that foul to come as it does for every time there is a foul to give,
2. i do not think the referee would miss that call if there was a do over.
3. It was simply hard to swallow a loss like that, where games are decided by the referees, and not the competition put forth by the players.

It was a bad non-call, yet its only worse because it decided the end result of the game, and perhaps the season for mavericks,

Tough to swallow by all measure


1. Totally.
2. Agree.
3. Putting the whole loss on the refs essentially discounts the first 47 minutes, 55 seconds of the game. Things happened. I do see your point though, and if I were a Mavs fan, I'd be irate about it.
4. Puns will get you so far on this here blog.

@Kyle Koster

I do happen to think that the previous 47 minutes are discounted if the last second or so is pivotal. In this case, it is. However unfortunate, this things happen in sports. That's what makes sports interesting.

However, could this be enough a reason to allow coaches to have some "say" in the game of basketball. Like the ability to contest calls, right after they are made? A tough one here.

I would rather be the discussion about the game, rather than missed-calls.

In the end, i agree with you when you say it is unfair to blame a referee for a whole lack-luster effort and game by the Mavs.

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