Mark Cuban Criticizes Referees on Twitter After Mavericks vs. Warriors

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2016

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban shouts from the sidelines during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers Sunday, March 20, 2016, in Dallas. Dallas won in overtime 132-120. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
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The Dallas Mavericks performed fairly well in a 128-120 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday night, but Mavs owner Mark Cuban was extremely critical of the game's officiating.

Cuban took aim at veteran referee Derrick Stafford and encouraged Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle to get fired up over what he perceived to be poor officiating:

The controversial owner also questioned the officials' interpretation of what is and isn't a flagrant foul:

Cuban then said Mavs forward Dwight Powell is unfairly targeted by referees and that he is called for unwarranted fouls:

The 57-year-old businessman can often be seen sitting near his team during games, and he rarely holds back when it comes to barking at officials.

Though he wasn't present for Dallas' clash with the Dubs at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, that didn't stop him from voicing his opinion.

Cuban has been fined multiple times by the NBA over the years for a number of different violations, and while the league has yet to chime in on his latest actions, another fine is likely in order.

Cuban's frustration is understandable since his Mavericks are clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They are currently in line to face the Warriors in the first round, so beating them Friday would have not only bolstered their postseason status but also given them some confidence in the event of a future meeting with Golden State.


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