​NBA Botched Call To Dallas At Target Center

Staff Reporter
Aug. 6, 2014

The NBA has acknowledged a botched call that could’ve altered the outcome of a 100-98 loss to Dallas on Monday, Dec. 30, at the Target Center. The NBA is facing the embarrassment, but plans to move on with the finals.

NBA botched call on Monday, Dec. 30

“It’s like moral victories,” star forward Kevin Love said. The pro basketball player was also asked if it meant anything that the NBA pointed out its botched call. “You don’t really count those. It’s just something that we’ll just get past.” Coach Rick Adelman shook his head in unison.

NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn issued a statement Tuesday morning saying Shawn Marion should’ve been whistled for reaching in and smacking Love’s arm as Love arose for a long 2 with time ticking down in the fourth quarter. If referees Ed Malloy and David Guthrie didn’t make the botched call, Love would’ve gone to the free-throw line with a chance to send the game to overtime.

“Through postgame video review, we have determined that Love was fouled on the right arm by Marion,” Thorn’s statement said. “Love should have been awarded two free throws with one second left on the clock.”

As it stood, the Timberwolves fell to 0-5 in the month of December when trying to eclipse the .500 mark.

Adelman was even more upset.

“He got fouled,” the coach said immediately after the defeat. “I wonder what that would have been if (Dirk) Nowitzki, LeBron James, all the top players in the league — a guy reaches on a last-second shot like that, instead of challenging it. Maybe they don’t understand that Kevin is one of the top five players in this league.”

Some speculation arose that Adelman would draw a fine for his criticism of the officials, but as of Tuesday afternoon, no discipline had been announced.

It’s not the first time the NBA’s apologized to Minnesota for goofing up a late call. Last March, the league admitted Ricky Rubio should’ve been awarded three free throws when Kobe Bryant hacked him on a potential game-tying 3-point attempt.

Malloy and Guthrie — both of whom appeared to have a good look at the play in question — may not have done Minnesota any favors Monday, but neither did the Timberwolves themselves. They trailed by 19 at halftime and 21 early in the third quarter, went 6-for-23 from beyond the arc and got a whopping five points from their bench.

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