Wednesday’s Dallas-Golden State game featured a controversial twist when the Warriors inbounded the ball under their own basket and scored an uncontested basket with the Mavs nowhere to be seen.
Naturally, Golden State went on to win the game by two points, rubbing further salt into Dallas’ wounds.
Here’s what happened:
And here’s Mark Cuban’s side of the story:
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 Mavs now plan on making a formal protest and NBA Twitter is blowing up over the whole thing:
What the fuck is there to protest? Warriors clearly knew what was going on. That’s on the Mavs coaches and players https://t.co/ZpKuxGK16M
— Scion Nick 💨 (@Scion_Nick) March 23, 2023
I assume Mark Cuban will protest that 2-point loss over the bizarre bucket the Warriors scored with the Mavs at the other end. I assume Cuban will lose.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) March 23, 2023
Mavs drew up that last three to get it to two for Mark to protest this game haha
— Isaac Harris (@IsaacLHarris) March 23, 2023
My question re: the Mavs protest: If the Mavs thought it was their ball, why were there no Mavs in the backcourt for the inbounds pass?
— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) March 23, 2023
going to pretend that Warriors/Mavs game just never happened and enjoy the aesthetic, nostalgic majesty of these Lakers/Suns jerseys.
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) March 23, 2023
This is an insane precedent being set by Cuban and the Mavs.
Should any team who loses a game by 2 points just protest a random bad call? Absolutely ridiculous.
— Tommy Gunn (@TommyGunnNBA) March 23, 2023
There have been 35 protests in NBA history. Only 8 times have games been overturned with teams having to replay. Last successful protest was in 2008. Mavs had an unsuccessful protest in 2020. https://t.co/hH0bHhhomF
— Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) March 23, 2023