DALLAS — Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is no stranger for expressing frustration with NBA officials, but this time his criticism has nothing to do with his own team.
Cuban complained, before Dallas' game Wednesday against San Antonio, about missed traveling and double-dribble calls in the first 15 seconds of the Clippers-Nets game on Tuesday — Brooklyn's Bojan Bogdanovic committed both uncalled violations within feet of referee Ken Mauer.
"I'm almost ready to get fined after watching that double dribble," said Cuban, who has been fined more than $1.5 million over the years for comments about officiating. "That was a classic. If that was us, I probably would have protested it, even if we would have lost, because then every SportsCenter would have played it over and over and over again. That was ridiculous."
Cuban said he thinks those missed calls were a "symptom of a problem," but would not elaborate on what he thinks the problem is.
"Refs are going to miss things, because there are other things going on," he said. "But there was nothing else going on. It was the first or second play of the game, and he was standing right there all by himself.
"The quality of officiating matters in this game. Standings are impacted. Mistakes happen, lots of calls are hard, but not all of them. Some of them is a lack of focus and attention, and that's the one thing you should be able to avoid at all times, particularly from a serious ref."
GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 25 and Tobias Harris had 21 to lead balanced scoring that carried the visiting Pistons to a 121-114 win over the Celtics. … Kyle Lowry had 29 points and eight assists and DeMar DeRozan scored 24 as the Raptors ended the Grizzlies' six-game road winning streak with a 120-105 victory. … Kristaps Porzingis had 29 points and eight rebounds in a thrilling duel with Karl-Anthony Towns, helping the visiting Knicks beat the Timberwolves 106-104. Carmelo Anthony capped a quiet night with a winning 18-footer over Andrew Wiggins with 2.3 seconds left. … Julius Randle made a strong move against Nikola Mirotic for a tiebreaking layup with 45.1 seconds left as the Lakers held off the host Bulls 96-90.
AROUND THE LEAGUE: The game between the Kings and 76ers was postponed because of condensation on the court at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. … The Lakers will be without guard Nick Young for 2-4 weeks due to a strained right calf muscle, adding another injury to an already depleted backcourt.