Did NBA Referees Miss Crucial Last-Second Foul in Pelicans-Mavericks Game?

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2014


NBA referees love the Dallas Mavericks.

At least, that's we're led to believe. First, they allowed Shawn Marion to foul Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Kevin Love on a potential game-tying shot attempt. This time, they permitted Monta Ellis to get away with a hack job on the New Orleans Pelicans' Austin Rivers:

The video clearly shows that Ellis fouled Rivers as he went up for a hurried game-tying three, and it's not even close. No whistle, so the Mavs won. On a controversial no-call. Again.


UPDATE: Jan. 12 at 11:15 a.m. ET by Ethan Norof:

The NBA has announced that the referees did indeed miss another last-second call.

--End of update--


Proponents of last-second whistles will be enraged; those advocating to "let them play" will be indifferent. But it doesn't matter.

By the letter of the law, this was a missed call, and a costly one at that.